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corresponding secretary and historian of new england historic-genealogical 

society; Librarian Emeritus of Woburn public library; author 

OF "Cutter family." "History of Arlington," etc., etc. 






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Lewis FiisTORicxL Pi'ki.ishinc Compakv. 



HE present work, "Genealogical and Family History of Central New York," ])re- 
sents in the aggregate an amount and variety of genealogical and personal infor- 
mation and portraiture unequalled by any kindred publication. Indeed, no similar 
work concerning the families of this region has ever before been presented. It 
contains a vast amount of ancestral history never before printed. The object 
clearly defined and well digested, was threefold : 

First. To present in concise form the history of Central Xew ^'ork Families of 
the Colonial Days. 

Second. To preserve a record of the preiminent iiresent-day people of the region. 

Third. To present through personal sketches the relation of its prominent families of 
all times to the growth, singular prosperity and widespread influence of this portion of the 
Empire State. 

There are numerous voluminous histories of the State, making it unnecessar\' in this 
work to even outline its annals. What has been published, however, relates principally to 
civic life. The amplification necessary to complete the picture of the section, old and 
nowadays, is what is supplied in large measure by these ( ienealogical and Family Memoirs. 
In tther words, while others have written of "the times." the jirovince of this work is to 
be a chronicle of the people who have made Central Xew York what it is. 

L'nique in conception and treatment, this work constitutes one of the must original and 
|3ermancntlv valuable contributions ever made to the social history of an .\merican com- 
monwealth. In it are arrayed in a lucid and dignified manner all the imjjortant facts 
regarding the ancestrv. personal careers and matrimonial alliances nf many, who, in each 
succeeding generation, have been accorded leading positions in the social, professional and 
business life of the State. Xor has it been based upon, neither does it minister to, aristo- 
cratic prejudices and assumptions. ()n the contrary, its fundamental ideas are tlidrnughly 
American and democratic. The work everywhere conveys the lesson that distinction has 
)>cen gained only by honorable public service, or by usefulness in [jrivate station, and that 
the develojiment and prosperity of the region <if which 
it treats has been dependent upon the character nf its 
citizens, and in the stimulus which they have given to 
commerce, to industry, to the arts and sciences, to edu- 
cation and religion — to all that is comprised in the 
highest civilization of the present day — through a con- 
tinual progressive development. 

The inspiration underlying the present work is a 
fervent appreciation of the truth so well expressed 
by .Sir Walter Scott, that "there is no heroic poem in 

the world but is at the bottom the life of a man." .And .james pumpeli.v, 

with this goes a kindred truth, that to know a man. and '^^''^"ion"p7/setti°/rrtT)weg^"'"''' 



Kirst White Woman in Elniira. 

rightly measure his character, and weigh his 
acliievements, we must know whence he came, 
from what forbears he sprang. Truly as heroic 
poems have been written in human lives in the 
paths of peace as in the scarred roads of war. 
Such examples, in whatever line of endeavor, are 
of much worth as an incentive to those who come 
afterward, and as such were never so needful to 
be written of as in the present day, when pessi- 
mism, forgetful of the splendid lessons of the 
past, withholds its effort in the present, and views 
the future only with alarm. 

Every community with such ample history as 
this, should see that it be worthily supplemented 
by Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of its 
leading families and prominent citizens. Such a 
work is that which is now presented. And, it 
should be admitted, the imdertaking possesses 
value of the highest importance — in its historic 
utility as a memorial of the development and 
progress of the community from its very founding, and in the personal interest which 
attaches to the record made by the individual. On both these accounts it will prove a highly 
useful contribution to literature, and a valuable legacy to future generations. Out of these 
considerations the authors and publishers have received the encouragement and approval of 
authorities of the highest standing as genealogists, historians and litterateurs. In the pro- 
duction of this work, no pains have been spared to ensure absolute truth — that quality upon 
which its value in every feature depends. The material comprising the genealogical and per- 
sonal records of the active living, as well as of the honored dead, was gathered by men and 
women experienced in such work and acquainted with local history and ancestral families. 
These have appealed to the custodians of family records concerning the useful men of pre- 
ceding generations, and of their descendants who have lived useful and honorable lives. 
Such custodians, who have availed themselves of this opportunity of having this knowledge 
placed in preservable and accessible form, have performed a public service in rendering 
honor to whom honor is due, in preserving the distinction which rightfully belongs to their 
families, and which distinguishes them from later immigrations : as well as in inculcating 
the most valuable and enduring lessons of patriotism and good citizenship. 

There is probably no section of the United States in which are so well preserved the 
ideas and characteristics of the original New England immigrants as in Central New York. 
.'\t the time when most of the pioneer settlers located in this region, the war for American 
Independence had just closed, and many of them were fresh from the struggle, imbued with 
the highest principles of patriotism, and all brought to their new homes and instilled in 
their children the practice of the simple virtues, the industry and enterprise which have 
made the sons of the Empire State pre-eminent in every walk of life throughout the 
Nation. .'Vnother important element in the settlement of this section was made up of the 
early Dutch settlers who came to New .Amsterdam (New York) before the adoption of 
surnames among them. 


'I'lian this region no other offered a more pecuHarly interesting field for research. Its sons 
— "native here, and to the manner born," and of spieiiiUd ancestry — have attained distinction 
in everv field of human eft'ort. .An additional interest attaches to the present undertaking 
in the fact that, while dealing ])rimarily with the history of native New York, this work 
approaches the dignity of a national epitome of genealogy and biography. (Jwing to the 
wide dispersion throughout the country of the old families of the State, the authentic 
account here presented of the constituent elements of her social life, past and present, is 
of far more than merely local value, in its special field it is, in an appreciable degree, 
a reflection of the development of the country at large, since hence went out representa- 
tives of historical families, in various generations, who in far remote j^laces — beyond the 
Mississippi and in the Far West — were with the vanguard of civilization, building up com- 
munities, creating new commonwealths, planting, wherever they went, the church, the school 
house and the printing press, leading into channels of thrift and enterprise all who gath- 
ered about them, and proving a power for ideal citizenship and good government. 

It was the consensus of opinion of gentlemen well informed and loyal to the memories 
of the past and the needs of the present and future, that the editorial supervision of 
William Richard Cutter, .\. M., would ensure the best results attainable in the prepa- 
ration of material for the proposed work. For more than a generation past he has given 
his leisure to historical and genealogical research and authorshi]x He was the author, 
with his father, of "History of .\rlingt(_in. Massachusetts," i8So; and edited Lieutenant 
Samuel Thompson's "Diary W'hile Serving in the French and Indian War. 1758," 1896. 
He also prepared a monograph entitled "Journal of a Forton Prisoner, England;" sketches 
of Arlington and W'oburn, Massachusetts, and many articles on subjects connected with 
local historical and genealogical matters in ])eriodical literature. He prepared a "Uibli- 







ography of Woburn, " and he has been 
editor of various historical works out- 
side of his own city. 

Others to whom the pubhshers desire 
to make grateful acknowledgment of 
services rendered in various ways — as 
writers, or in an advisory way in point- 
ing to channels of valuable information, 
are: Edward Kissam Clark an anticjua- 
rian authority, of I'.inghamton ; Edwin 
Jerome llrown, .\. IS., president of the 
Madison County I listi.>rical Society, of 
( )neida : .Mr. .\Ionzo D. lilodgett, of 
L'ortland : ( ieorge .Abraham Ihomas, .A. 
M., LL. 1)., antii|uarian. of Norwich; 
Mr. Roswell Randall Moss, an authority 
on local history: and Mr. Leroy Wilson 
Kingman, author of "History of Tioga 
t'ountw" and for fort\' years editor of 
The ( )wego Gazette. 

In order to insure greatest possible 
accuracy, all matter for this work was 
submitted in typewritten manuscript to 
the persons most interested for correc- 
tion. If. in any case, a sketch is incom- 
plete or faulty, the shortcoming is ascrib- 
able to the paucity of data obtainable, 
many families being without exact records in their famil_\- line: while, in some cases, repre- 
sentatives of a given family are at a disagreement as to names of some of their forbears, 
important dates, etc. 

It is believed that the present work, in spite of the occasional fault which attaches 
to such undertakings, will prove a real addition to the mass of annals concerning the his- 
toric families of Central Xew York, an<l that without it, much valuable infcirmation would 
be inaccessilile to the general reader, or irretrie\ably lost, owing to the passing away of 
custodians of family records, and the conser|uent disappearance of material in their pos- 








Dr. William Nichols, immi- 
NICHOLS grant ancestor, was a Scotch- 
man by birth, who went to 
England to obtain his medical education, and 
then came to this country. He was born in 
i68g, died January 13, 1754. He settled in 
ISerkley. Bristol county, Massachusetts, where 
he built a house and practiced his professir>n. 
He is buried in the Paull burying-ground. in 
Berkley. He married Joanna Paull, born in 
1697, died April 10, 1779, daughter of John 
and Dorothy Paull. Her father was born in 
1662, died March 23, 1718. son of William 
I'aull. who was born in 1622, died in 1704. 
Children: I. John, born November 22, 1721 ; 
married, in 1762, Elizabeth Valentine. 2. \\'ill- 
iam, April 2, 1723; married Whit- 
marsh. 3. Eleazer, May 13, 1724, died July 7, 
1754; married, in 1749, ]\Iary Tisdale. 4. 
Moses, October 22, 1725, died April 22, 1800; 
married, in 1748, Abigail Strange. 5. Joanna, 
September 9, 1727, died October 29, 1790; 
married Elder John Paull, of Berkley. 6. 
Aaron, March 3, 1729, died July 14, 1760; 
married Hannah Jones. 7. Margaret, Novem- 
ber 20, 1730, died in 1807. 8. James, men- 
tioned below. 9. Mary, February 9, 1734, 
died November 24, 1756. 10. Edward, August 
22, 1737. II. Robert, June 28, 1739; married 
Grissell Nichols. 12. Peter, April 10, 1741, 
died 1762. 

(H) James, son of Dr. William Nichols, 
was born February i, 1732, died March 2. 
1811. He married Esther Dean. Children, 
born in Berkley, i. Paul, born 1765, died No- 
vember I. 1800: married Tryphena, daughter 
of Moses Nichols. 2. James, 1768, died ]\Iarch 
29, 1792; unmarried. 3. Joseph, 1770, died 
October 3, 1817; married Phebe, daughter of 
Benjamin Crane. 4. Gilbert. 1773, died March 
2, 1836; married Rebecca, daughter of Benja- 
min Crane. 5 Sally, 1774, died December 30, 
180S : unmarried. 6. Abiel, mentioned below. 
7. John, May i, 1780, died June 4, 1848. 8. 
Joanna, 1782, died June 28, 1804; married 
Seth Winslow, of Berkley. 9. Esther, 1784. 
died March i, 1792. 

(HI) Abiel, son of James Nichols, was born 

in Berkley, 1777, died March 2^. 1819. He 
married Fidelia, daughter of Abiel and Dyer 
(Paul) Briggs (see Briggs VI). Children: 
Abiel, mentioned below ; James, mentioned 
below; Walter, married (first) Lucinda Har- 
vey, (second) Nancy Dean; Jerusha, married 
Asahel Crane. 

(IV) Abiel (2), son of Abiel (i) Nichols, 
was born at Berkley. He was a farmer and 
blacksmitii in A\indsor, Massachusetts. He 
married (first) Jerusha Knight Parsons, by 
whom he had one son, Rev. Gideon Parsons, 
mentioned below. Married (second ) Octavia 
Parsons, sister of his first wife, and thev had 
three children : Jerusha Jane. Sarah Aurclia, 
James Walter. Married (third) Ruth ]\Iiner. 
Married ( fourth ) Mrs. Nancy Miner. 

( I\') Rev. James Nichols, son of Abiel ( i ) 
Nichols, was born August 6, 181 1. He was a 
graduate of L'nion College, 1835 ; Andover 
Theological Seminary, 1838. Later he was 
professor of Greek at Union College for three 
years, principal of LItica Female Seminary for 
three years, then became pastor of the First 
Presbyterian Church, Oneida, where he re- 
mained from 1844 to 1851, after which he was 
appointed principal of Temple Hill Academy, 
at Geneseo, New York, where he remained 
seven years, when he resigned to accept the 
position of principal of the Rochester Female 
Academy, where he remained until August, 
1862, when he received a commission as chap- 
lain of the One Hundred and Eighth State 
\'olunteers. As a result of exposure, he con- 
tracted a fever from which he died January 31, 
1864. He married, August 20, 1841, Sarah 
Jane Hastings, born March 15, 1818, died 
June 4, 1892, daughter of Ephraim and Lucy 
(Shepard) Hastings (see Hastings VI). Chil- 
dren: I. Lizzie Shepard, born 1842, died 1847. 
2. Delia Briggs, married Rev. Gideon Parsons 
Nichols (see Nichols V). 3. Jane Hastings, 
born December 3, 1845, resides in Rochester, 
New York. 4. Nancy, died aged three years. 
5. Margaret Dewey, born January 2, 1849, 
resides in Rochester, unmarried. 6. Elizabeth 
Borden, born 1853; married Lewis T.Sterling, 
has one child, Ruth Hastings ; thev reside in 

NEW \'(JRK. 

Iron Mountain. Michigan. 7. James Ephraim 
Hastings, born October. 1856; graduate of 
Rochester L'niversity. degree of A. B. ; College 
of Physicians and Surgeons, of New York 
City, degree of M. D. ; took special courses in 
diseases of the eye and ear. being a remarkable 
surgeon ; connected with Manhattan Eye and 
Ear Hospital, of New York City; died 1898; 
married Mary W'inthrop Tappin. who died 
1899. ( For further particulars of this fam- 
ily see Parson's Memorial work, published in 

(V) Rev. Cjideon Parsons Nichols, son of 
Abiel (2) Nichols, was born July 30, 1837. at 
Windsor. F)erkshire county. Massachusetts. He 
attended the public schools there, and during 
his boyhood worked on his father's farm. At 
the age of seventeen he entered Temple Hill 
Academy, at Geneseo. New York, of which 
his uncle. Rev. James Nichols, was principal, 
and fitted for college. He entered Union Col- 
lege in 1856. and graduated in the class of 
i860. He was a charter member of Union 
Chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon frater- 
nity, and was valedictorian at commencement. 
He was a member of Phi PiCta Kappa. He 
taught for two years in the Academy of War- 
nerville. New York, and while there decided to 
enter the ministry in the P^resbyterian church. 
In 1862 he went to Princeton Theological 
Seminary, from which he graduated, and in 
May. 1865. was licensed to preach by the Pres- 
bytery of Rochester, but he was stricken with 
typhoid fever in the fall and prevented from 
an immediate beginning in his profession. He 
declined a call as pastor of the Calvary Pres- 
byterian Church, of Rochester, and accepted a 
position as teacher in the Rochester Female 
Academy there, preaching occasionally until 
June 7, 1866, when he took charge of the Pres- 
byterian church, of Victor, New York. He 
was ordained in the First Presbyterian Church, 
of Rochester, in May. 1867. He remained in 
the Victor pastorate until September. 1869, 
when he was called to the Olivet Presbyterian 
Church, of Chicago. In March, 1871, he ac- 
cepted a call to the Immanuel Presbyterian 
Church, of Milwaukee, and moved thither im- 
mediately, remaining ten years. While there 
he was for several years a trustee of the Lake 
Forest L'niversity. and in 1881 received from 
that institution the honorary degree of Doctor 
of Divinity. He then came to Binghamton. 
New York, to take the pastorate of the First 
Presbyterian Church. Except for a few months. 

when he was pastor of the Central Presby- 
terian Church, of Denver, in 1887. he con- 
tinued to fill the pulpit of the P.inghamton 
church until January i. 1906, when failing 
health compelled him to resign the charge. He 
was made pastor emeritus of the church with 
salary, and continued to reside in Binghamton 
as long as he lived. He declined several at- 
tractive calls, including the pastorates of Im- 
manuel Church, of Milwaukee, and Calvary 
Church, of Buffalo, and adhered to the Bing- 
hamton church, to which he was devotedly 
attached, and by the people of which he was 
greatly beloved and honored. He died Sep- 
tember 17. 1908. 

He married. June 22. 1871. Delia I'riggs 
Nichols, daughter of Rev. James and Sarah J. 
(Hastings) Nichols, mentioned above. Chil- 
dren: I. Rev. Robert Hastings, born October 
2. 1873; graduate of Yale University, A. B., 
1894; Ph. B., 1896. and graduate of Auburn 
Theological Seminary. 1901. He was pastor 
of the First Presbyterian Church, at Unadilla. 
1901-02. then went to South Orange. New 
Jersey, where he was pastor of Trinity Pres- 
byterian Church. 1902-10. at which time he 
was appointed professor of Church History in 
the Auburn Theological Seminary, which posi- 
tion he still retains. He married. June 9, 1910, 
Marjorie Newton Wallace, of South Orange, 
New Jersey, graduate of Bryn Mawr. 1908. 
2. Margaret Parsons, born April 30. 1875 ; 
graduate of Bryn Mawr. A. B.. 1897; mar- 
ried .August 31. 1904. William Hemans Smith, 
graduate of Harvard University. A. M.; now 
principal of Elmwood School. East Orange. 
New Jersey. Children : Delia Nichols Smith, 
born August 10. -1905: Margaret Hemans 
Smith. May 14. 1907; \Villiam Shepard Smith. 
April II. 1909. 3. Henry James, born ]\Iay 
21. 1877; graduate of Yale University. A. B.. 
and of the University of Pennsylvania Medical 
School. M. D. ; served in the field in the Philip- 
pines as surgeon from 1906 to 1909. and is 
now instructor in the Army Medical School, 
at Washington. D. C., and captain in the Med- 
ical Corps ; married, September 21, 1910, Grace 
Gundry, of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. Content 
Shepard, born February 3, 1879; graduate of 
Bryn Mawr College, A. B., 1899: A. M.. 1900; 
unmarried. 5. James Knight, born March 28, 
1881 ; graduate of Yale University, A. M., 
1903, then served two years on the editorial 
staff of the Hartford Courant. after which he 
entered Harvard Law School, from which he 

s. 9. jyiMh 


graduated in 1Q08; was admitted to the bar in 
September, 1908, and is practicing law in 
baniton. New York. 

(The Briggs Line). 

( 1 ) Jolin Briggs, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England, and was an early pioneer and 
settler of Newport, Rhode Island. He was 
admitted a freeman, October I. 1O38; was liv- 
ing at Portsmouth, April 30, 1639, and in 1642. 
He was admitted a freeman at A([uitlnet, Octo- 
ber I, 1640. He was appointed on the com- 
mittee to build a prison at Portsmouth, in 
1655 ; was an assistant in 1648, and a commis- 
sioner for the purpose of effecting the union 
of the four towns of Providence Plantation, 
August 31, 1654. Children: John, mentioned 
below : Thomas ; Susan, married North- 
way ; Enoch ; Job. 

(H) John (2), son of John (i) P>riggs, 
married Hannah h'isher, of Portsmouth, Rhode 
Island. Children: Edward, John, Job, Will- 
iam, mentioned below. 

(Ill) William, son of John (2) Briggs, was 
born in Rhode Island, about 1645, died May, 
1716. He married (first), November 30, 1665, 
Sarah Macomber, who died March 20, 1680- 

81. He married (second) Elizabeth , 

born 1653, died .\ugust, 1716. He settled at 
Taunton. Children of first wife, born at Taun- 
ton : William, January 26, i667-<)8; Thomas 
(twin), September 9, 1669; Sarah (twin); 
Elizabeth, March 14, 1671 : Hannah, Novem- 
ber 4, 1672; Mary, August 14, 1674; Mathew, 
February 5, 1676-77; Amos, about 1678, men- 
tioned below ; John, March 19, 1(180. Children 
of second wife: Susan, April 9, 1682; John, 
November 13, 1685, died January 21, 1712; 
William, January II, 1688; Elizabeth, Decem- 
ber 2~. 1(389; Thomas (twin), September 5, 
1693, died March 2},. 171^); Deborah (twin); 
Job, August 3, 1696. 

(I\') Amos, son of William P.riggs, was 
born about 1(178. He resided in Berkley. He 
married, January 2, 1706, at Taunton, Sarah 
Pain, who is mentioned an heir in the will of 
Ral])h Pain, .\pril 2},. \'/22. She was a daugh- 
ter of Ralph and Dorothy Pain. Amos Briggs 
resided also at Freetown, Massachusetts, and 
died at Berkley. His will was dated March 
14, 1753, proved May 6, 1760. Children: 
Mercy, Jime, 26, 1707; Sarah, June 16, 1709; 
Mary, May i, 1711 ; Hannah, November 5, 
1712 ; Amos, February 6, 1715 ; Thomas, Janu- 
ary 20, 1717, mentioned below; Abigail, June 

-?• 1719; John. September 18, 1721 ; Nathan- 
iel. December 18, 1724; Nathan, May 10, 1727. 
(V) Thomas, son of x-\mos Briggs, was 
born in Freetown, January 20, 1717, died No- 
vember 10, 1779. He married Thankful Ax- 
tell, born December 8, 1725, daughter of Dan- 
iel Axtell. Daniel Axtell was born November 
4, 1673, ^'^''1 '" January, 1735; married. May 
12, 1702, Thankful, daughter of Elder William 
Pratt, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and South 
Carolina. Daniel Axtell went to South Caro- 
lina and lived there until 1707, and became a 
large lantlowner in Berkley, Massachusetts, 
then a part of Dighton and Taunton. Lady 
A.xtell, widow of Landgrave Daniel Axtell, of 
South Carolina, mentions him in her will. Chil- 
dren of Daniel and Thankful Axtell : Eliza- 
beth, born April 28, 1703 ; Daniel, October 24, 
1706; Rebecca, November 22. 1708; Hannah, 
April ID, 1710; William, April 13, 1713: Henry. 
June 24, 1715; Samuel, October 25, 1717; 
Ebenezer, March 24, 1724: Thankful, men- 
tioned above; Thomas. September 15, 1727. 
Henry Axtell, father of Daniel Axtell, was 
born in' England, in 1641, and took up land 
with the first proprietors of Marlborough. 
Massachusetts, in i6fio; married. June 14, 
1665, Hannah Merriam. He was killed bv the 
Indians early in i67(). His widow married. 
July 5, if)77. Will Taylor. Children of Henry 
and Hannah A.xtell: Samuel, born March 27, 
i66(5; Hannah, November 18, 1667; Mary, 
.\ugust 8, 1670; Thomas, .\pril 16. 1672; Dan- 
iel, mentioned above; Sarah, September 18, 
1675. Thomas Axtell, father of Henry Axtell, 
was the immigrant from liarkhamstead, Hert- 
fordshire, England. The earliest appearance 
of the name discovered in the records is dated 
1535, when John Axstyl's name is found in a 
conveyance of property at Gatesden, Hertford- 
shire. At St. Peter's Church, f>arkhamstead, 
John Axtell, son of John, was baptized in 
1539. and W'illiam. son of John, 1541. Nine 
children of William Axtell were baptized be- 
tween 1614 and 1628. Thomas was baptized 
January 26, 1(119, and was brother of Daniel, 
born 1622, colonel in Cromwell's army, who 
was put to death in 1660, after the Restora- 
tion. Mary, daughter of Thomas Axtell, was 
baptized in Barkhamstead, September 25, 1639, 
and Henry, mentioned above, October 15, 1641. 
The family then came to Sudbury, Massachu- 
setts. Thomas, the immigrant, died there in 
July, 1646. His widow married (second), 
September 19, i^S^^, John G(X>dnow. 


(V'l) Abiel, son of Thomas Briggs, was 
born about 1750. He married, at IJerkley 
(intention dated December 9, 1775). Dyer 
Paul (see Paul III). Their daughter. Fidelia 
Briggs, born about 1777, married Abiel Nichols 
(see Nichols IIP). 

(The Paul Line). 

(I) William Paul, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England, about 1624. He left Grave- 
send, England, in 1635, on the "Truelove de 
London." and settled in Taunton, 1637. In 
company with several others, he purchased 
land in what was known as South Purchase, 
in the town of Dighton, in 1672, and had lots 
3, 28, 45 and 85. He later deeded these lots, 
together with his house, to his sons, John and 
Edward, February 27, 1687. He was a weaver 
by trade, which he followed most of his life, 
and died at Taunton, Massachusetts, Novem- 
ber 9, 1704, aged eighty years. He married 
Mary, born 1639, died October 3, 171 5, daugh- 
ter of John Richmond. Children : James, born 
at Taunton, April 7, 1657 ; John, July 10, 1660; 
Edward, February 7, 1664; Mary, February 
8, 1667; Sarah, July 5, 1668; Abigail, May 13, 
1673; Ebenezer; Benjamin, mentioned below. 

(II) Benjamin, son of William Paul, was 
born in Taunton, in 1681, died at Berkley. 
January 12. 1757 (gravestone). He was well 
educated and taught school ; was selectman of 
Berkley, 1740-42. Pie had a son Benjamin, 
mentioned below. 

(III) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) 
Paul, was born August 7, 1705, died January 
25. 1789. He settled at Berkley, formerly 
part of Taunton. He married Anne Staples, 
who died November 2, 1778, aged seventy- 
two. He joined the Berkley church in 1737. 
They had four sons and six daughters. Among 
their children were: Benjamin, who died May 
5, 1S38, at Berkley, aged eighty-six; Seth, 
born October i, 1741, at Taunton, removed to 
Westmoreland, New Hampshire, and thence 
to South Barnard, married, December 8, 1765, 
Freelove French, daughter of Captain Samuel 
and Freelove (Andrews) French ; Dyer, men- 
tioned below; Benjamin Paul, died at South 
Barnard, Vermont. .August 21, 1825. 

Dyer, daughter of Benjamin Paul, married, 
December 9, ,7.5. Abie, B„g,s ,s« 

(The Hastings Line). 

The name Blastings is older than the Nor- 
man Conquest in England. It was spelled 

Hastang also. The castle and seaport of Hast- 
ing were owned by the family that adopted 
the surname as early as 911, before the Nor- 
mans were in Gaul. There was a Danish 
pirate, not of this family perhaps, who was a 
formidable foe of the Saxons occupying a part 
of Sussex. In nearly every county of England 
the family has established itself. Branches 
bearing coats-of-arms are found in .\gmon- 
disliam, Buckshire : in Dorsetshire and Lei- 
cestershire: in Cambridgeshire; in Gloucester- 
shire and Derbyshire; in Ireland; at Billesby, 
Lincolnshire; at Hinton, Northamptonshire; 
vin Nottinghamshire and Northumberland; in 
Staffordshire; Yorkshire; Oxfordshire, and 
Scotland. Of the numerous coats-of-arms the 
American branch claims the following : A 
maunch sable. Crest : A buffalo's head erased 
sable, crowned and gorged with a ducal coro- 
net and armed or. Supporters : Two man- 
tigers affrontee or, their visages resembling the 
human face proper. Motto : In virtute victoria. 
Also : Honorantes me honorabo. 

(I) Deacon Thomas Hastings, immigrant 
ancestor, was born in England, in 1605. Thomas, 
aged twenty-nine, and his wife Susanna, aged 
thirty-four, embarked at Ipswich, England, 
April 10, 1634, in the ship '"Elizabeth," Will- 
iam Andrews, master, for New England. He 
settled at Watertown, Massachusetts, where 
he was admitted a freeman. May 6, 1635. He 
owned land in Dedhani, but never lived there. 
He was selectman, 1638-43-50-71 ; town clerk. 
1671-77-80; deputy to the general court in 
1673, and long held the office of deacon. His 
wife Susanna died February 2, 1650, and he 
married (second), 'in April, 1651, Margaret, 
daughter of William and Martha Cheney, of 
Roxbury. He died in 1685. His will was 
dated March 12, 1682-83, and proved Septem- 
ber 7, 1685. The inventory amounted to four 
himdred and twenty-one pounds. Children : 
Thomas, born July i, 1652, mentioned below: 
John, March i, 1654; William, August 8, 
1655, drowned August, 1669; Joseph, Septem- 
ber II, 1657; Benjamin, August 9, 1659; Na- 
thaniel, September 25, 1661 ; Hepsibah, Janu- 
ary 31, 1663; Samuel, March 12, 1665. 

(II) Dr. Thomas (2) Hastings, son of Dea- 
con Thomas ( i) Hastings, was born in Water- 
town, July I, 1652, died at Platfield, Massa- 
chusetts, July 23, 1712. He was admitted a 
freeman, February 8, 1678. He studied medi- 
cine and settled in Hatfield, praticing also in 
Northampton, Hadley and Deerfield, and was 


for many years the only physician in those 
towns. He was also the first school teacher in 
Hatfield. A remarkable thing about Dr. Hast- 
ings' school was that girls were admitted on 
the same footing as boys. Elsewhere in New 
England, until after the Revolution, girls were 
not taught in the public schools. It was 1789 
before Boston schools were open to both aexes 
and not until 1802 in Northampton. Dr. Hast- 
ings married (first), October 10, 1672, Anna, 
daughter of John Hawks, of Hadley. She 
died October 25, 1705, and he married (sec- 
ond). February 14, 1706, Mary, daughter of 
David Burt, of Northampton. She died April 
13, 1734. Children of first wife: Hannah, 
January 19, 1677; Thomas, September 24, 
i()7g, mentioned below; Hepsibah, April (1, 
1682; Alehitable, June 2^. 1684: John, at Hat- 
field, September 18. 1689. 

(IH) Dr. Thomas (3) Hastings, son of Dr. 
Thomas (2) Hastings, was born at Hatfield, 
September 24, 1679, died April 14, 1728. He 
was also schix)l teacher and physician in the 
field that his father occupied before him. He 
was taken ill in Boston while on a visit, re- 
turned to his home, and told his wife that he 
should die April 14, 1728, which prediction 
was fulfilled. He died a comparatively young 
man. He was thought to have been a victim 
of slow poison. A quaint tinpoetical but flat- 
tering eulogy and an acrostic to his memory 
were written at the time of his death by Jo- 
sephus Nash. A record of a surgical case of 
note is preserved in Rev. John Williams's 
■'History of Captivity and Deliverance" ( .App. 
31. Dr. Hastings married. March 6, 1701. 
Mary, daughter of John and Mary Field, born 
February 20. 1680, died November 9, 1764. 
Children: Mary, born December 29, 1701, 
died January 10. 1702; Thomas, November 6, 
1702, died November 4, 1703: Mary. July 26, 
1704: Anna, October 13, 1706: Dorothy. July 
27, 1709, died July 29, 171 1 : Thomas, May 3, 
1713, died voung ; Waitstill, June 3, 1714. 
mentioned below; Tabitha, October 6, 171 3; 
Hopestill, April 13, 1718; Dorothy, March 20, 
1720, died April 6, 1720; Lucy, February i, 

(IV) Dr. \\'aitstill Hastings, son of Dr. 
Thomas (3) Hastings, was born June 3. 1714, 
died April 22, 1748. He settled in Hatfield, 
Massachusetts, and there has been of this fam- 
ily a physician in that town ever since, except 
during the time after his death and the gradu- 
ation of his grandson. Dr. John Hastings. He 

married, in 1737, Abigail Mar>h. She married 
(second), April 10, 1731. Colonel John Eulke- 
ley, of Colchester, Connecticut, lawyer, judge 
of the superior court, and had Charles Bulke- 
ley, born May 22, 1732; Colonel John Bulke- 
ley, July 25. 1753. She married (third), No- 
vember 3, 1753, Rev. Ephraim Little, of Col- 
chester, and had several children. Children 
of Dr. Waitstill Hastings : John, mentioned 
below; xA.bigail, born February 28, 1739; Han- 
nah Barnard, March 16, 1742; Mary, January 
10, 1744; Samuel, March 14, 1747, died young. 

(\') John, son of Dr. Waitstill Hastings, 
was born at Hatfield, January 10, 1738, died 
December 6, 181 1. He was a magistrate in 
Hatfield for thirty-four years; representative 
to the general court and state senator twenty- 
eight years ; the foremost citizen of the town 
for many years. He married, November 29, 
1763, Content Little, born August 10, 1740. 
died .April 9, 1829. Children, born at Hat- 
field : John Jr., born October 7, 1764; Content, 
September 14, 1766; Mary, January i, 1769; 
^^'aitstill, May 14 or 19, 1771 ; Elizabeth. 
March 7 or 8, 1773; Abigail, May 7, 1773: 
Samuel, March 30, 1777; Ephraim, mentioned 
below; Son, born April K), 1783; Justin, Feb- 
ruary 14. 1786. 

(\'I) Ephraim, son of John Hastings, was 
born at Hatfield, November 16, 1780. He 
married, December 24, 180(1, Lucy, daughter 
of (General William and Sarah ( Dewey) Shep- 
ard, of Westfield. She was born December 
13, 1778, died in Heath, March 3, 1833. Her 
father was captain in the French and Indian 
war, and was general in the Revolution, in 
which he fought in twenty-two battles, being 
wounded but once, then in the neck. At 
Shay's insurrection he commanded the forces 
on Springfield Hill. General Lafayette pre- 
sented him with a dress sword which is now 
in possession of the family. General Shep- 
ard's wife, Sarah Dewey, whom he married 
January 31, 1760, was of remarkable ability 
for management, and during his absence ran 
the farm as well as the house. General Shep- 
ard was born November 30, 1739, died No- 
vember 16, 1817. Children: William Shepard, 
born March K), 1761, died July 13, 1823; 
Turner, September 16, 1762. died July 8, 1796; 
Charles, September 27. 1764. died May 11, 
1813; Sally, February 17, 1767, died April 3. 
1847; Noah, February 20, 1769; Nancy, Octo- 
ber 25, 1771, died February 17. 1802; Ware- 
ham. December 29, 1773; Lucy, December 13, 


1778. died March 5, 1833, married Epliraim 

Ephraim Hastings went from Hatfield to 
Heath abont 1805, and in May, 1848, removed 
to Nashua, New Hampshire, where he had 
bought a large piece of land. His daughter 
Margaret and her husband made a home for 
him. He died November 24, 1861, aged eighty- 
one. In 181 1 he was chosen first representa- 
tive for Heath and continued as representative 
almost constantly until 1834, when he was 
chosen senator, and two years later member 
of the council. He was most of the time 
selectman or assessor for Heath. Children : 
Twins, born and died January 18, 1813; Jane, 
born and died February 8, 1815; Nancy, bom 
.April 21, 1816; Sarah Jane, March 15, 1818; 
married James Nichols (see Nichols IV); 
Margaret; Nancy S., December 28, 1820. died 
March 13, 1847. 

The DeWitt family, mentioned 
DeW'ITT in the following sketch, is de- 
scended from Claes DeVVitt, of 
Grootholt, in Sunderlant, Holland. The Sun- 
derlant. or as it was more frequently called, 
"The Sauerland or Surland," was the most 
southerly of the three natural divisions of the 
old Dutchy of Westphalia, and is described as 
"consisting of hills and vales, and having fine 
w(X)ds and meadows, suited for grazing and 
the dairy." In those respects it was distin- 
guished from the other two divisions, which 
were more productive of the cereals. Groot- 
holt is situated a little east of the river Rhine, 
between the Li]ipe and the Imster, and not far 
from the manufacturing town of Essen. 

DeWitt is one of the very few Dutch- 
.American names which were illustrious in the 
Fatherland. The grand pensionary, John De- 
Witt, administered the government of Holland 
from 1652 to 1672. He and his brother Cor- 
nelius, who also held important positions in 
civil and military life, were killed by a mob 
at the Hague, after years of faithful service to 
their country. They had incurred the hostility 
of the monarchical party. 

In the Royal Library, at the Hague, in Hol- 
land, "The Geschlacten Von Dordrecht" gives 
the descent of the family in an unbroken line 
from the year 1295 to September 8, 1639. 
After the death of John, of Rarneveldt, Jacob 
DeW^itt became "Land Advocate of Holland." 
John }r. became "Grand Pensionary of Hol- 

The "History of Ulster County" (by Syl- 
vester), pp. 298-99, says: "Among the many 
old Holland families, who about the middle of 
the seventeenth century sought the shores of 
the New World, none has been more distin- 
guished in social and political life, none has 
numbered in their ranks more noted men than 
the DeWitts." 

They were natives of Dordrecht, one of the 
old burgher towns of Holland, and in later 
years dear to theology as the meeting of the 
Synod of Dort. After the death of John, of 
I'arneveldt, Jacob DeWitt succeeded to the 
high honors of "Land .Advocate of Holland," 
his son Cornelius, the burghermaster of Dord- 
recht, at the head of a Dutch fleet with a 
staunch Dutch admiral to do his bidding, sailed 
up the Thames river, burning the English ships 
and sending consternation into the very heart 
of London. 

Another son, John DeWitt, one of the most 
distinguished men in the history of the Nether- 
lands, became "Grand Pensionary of Holland," 
during the period of the separation of Spain 
and the opening of the "Thirty Years War," 
a position which at that time required the 
most consummate ability and statesmanship. 
Through his guidance Holland became a power 
among the nations of Europe. Cieddes, in his 
recent valuable work, "The History of the 
.Administration of John DeWitt, Grand Pen- 
sionary of Holland," says of him: "He was 
head and shoulders above nearly all of the 
notable men of his time and one, moreover, on 
whose public virtue there was hardly a blemish 
or spot." 

The coat-of-arms of the DeWitt family con- 
sists of the hare and hounds upon a shield, 
beneath which is a scroll and the words "Fortis 
et Fidus." 

Tjerck Claes DeWitt was the kinsman of 
John and Cornelius DeWitt and came to this 
coimtry from Zunderland about the middle of 
the seventeenth century. A history of John 
DeWitt, and incidently his brother Cornelius, 
issued in 1885, by Pontalis. shows the political 
situation in Holland, during the time of the 
grand pensionary. 

(I) Tjerck Claeszn DeWitt, son of Claes 
DeWitt, immigrant ancestor of the family in 
this country, first appears in the records of 
New Amsterdam in 1656, when he married, 
according to the records of the old Dutch 
Reformed Church, P.arbara Andriessen, who 
came from Amsterdam, Holland. He resided 


in New Amsterdam until 1657, when he re- 
moved to Alban}-, and he finally located, in 
1661, at Wiltwyck (now Kingston), Ulster 
county. New York, where he resided until he 
(lied, February 17, 1700. His widow, Barbara, 
died July 6, 1714. In 1667, when the British 
sent Captain Broadhead and thirteen soldiers 
to take possession of Kingston, DeWitt was 
one of those who opposed British occupation 
and among the complaints made afterward by 
the l)urghers was the following: "Captain 
Broadhead has beaten Tj crick Claeszen De- 
Witt without reason and brought him to prison. 
Ye reason why Capy. Broadhead abused Tje- 
rick DeWitt was because he would keep Christ- 
mas day on ye day according to ye Dutch and 
not on ye day according to ye English observa- 
tion." The remonstrance of the burghers sent 
to the governor against the imprisonment of 
Tarentson Slight, was signed among others by 
DeWitt. He was granted leave, April 8. i6()q. 
to build a house, barn and stables on land be- 
tween Kingston and Hurley. He appears to 
have been well-to-do and brought servants with 
him to Kingston. Complaint was made by an 
Indian before the court that DeWitt had re- 
fused to pay wages due and the court appears 
to have taken a rather absurd snap judgment, 
ordering DeWitt's banishment and fining him 
six hundred guilders, i'pon appeal, the cjrder 
of banishment was rescinded and the fine re- 
mitted, and DeWitt was ordered, instead, to 
pay a reasonable sum for his services to the 
complaining Indian — about eighty cents. De- 
Witt was granted the right to occupy a mill 
site about five miles from Kingston and to 
erect and operate a mill there and a tract of 
seventy acres a mile farther distant, known as 
"Dead Men's Bones," was addetl for his sub- 

The old one-story stone dwelling on the 
road from Kingston to Hurley is probably the 
site of the house erected by Tjerck Claeszn 
DeWitt, in 1669, in pursuance of the license 
above mentioned. 

This property, with the adjoining estate, re- 
mained, in 1872, in possession of his descend- 
ants. The owners, in the year last mentioned, 
were the two daughters of Isaac DeWitt, who 
succeeded to the estate in 1826, through a 
series of devises and inheritances. 

The records of Ulster county also show that 
Tjerck Claeszn DeWitt owned negro slaves, 
and also ]30ssessed two sloops which j)lied 
upon the waters of the Hudson, and along the 

Atlantic coast, carrying on trade at various 
])oints. They also show that he sold one of 
the sloops, named "Ye St. Barbara," to Cap- 
tain Daniel Hobart, a mariner of the Island of 
Barbadoes, to be taken to that island for com- 
mercial trade. When Tjerck Claeszn DeWitt 
died, he left large bodies of real estate in and 
about the city of Kingston, and had about 
$8,000 in personal property. 

When the English required the oath of 
allegiance to be taken by heads of families in 
1668, he was one of the few who refused to 
submit. In the roll of heads of families in 
Ulster county, in 1689, his name is not given, 
nor is that of his son Andrew, but Tjerck C. 
was living at that time, as shown by the fact 
that he was a witness at a baptism of a grand- 
child in December, 1700. He was also evi- 
dently possessed of some Dutch stubbornness. 
Of his descendants nearly a hundred served in 
the Revolutionary army. Children: i.Andries, 
mentioned below. 2. Tjaatje, born about 1659, 
in Albany; married, in 1677, Matthys Mat- 
thysen Van Kensen ; she was captured by In- 
dians at the burning of Kingston in 1663, but 
afterward rescued. 3. Jannetje, baptized Feb- 
ruary 12, 1662, died 1744: married Cornelis 
Switz. 4. Klaes, baptized February 17, 1664, 
died before 1698. 5. Jan, baiitized February 
14, i6f)6, died before April 12, 1715; married 
Wyntje Kiersted. 6. Geertruy, baptized Octo- 
ber 15. 1668: married, March 24, 1688, Hend- 
rick Hendrickson Schoonmaker. 7. Jacob, mar- 
ried Grietje Vernooy. 8. Rachel, married Cor- 
nelis Bogardus. 9. Lucas, married, December 
22, ifx)5, Annatje Delva. 10. Peek, married 
(first), January 2, 1698, Maritje Jense V^an- 
derberg; (second), December 21, 1723, Maria 
Tennis, widow of Jacob DeMott. 11. Tjerck. 
12. Marritje, married (first), November 3, 
1700, Hendrick Hendrickson Kortright ; (sec- 
ond), September 6, 1702, Jan Wacklin. 13. 
Aaggje, baptized January 14, 1684; married, 
August 2T,. 17 1 2, Jan Pawling. 

(II) Andries, son of Tjerck Claeszn De- 
Witt, was born in New Amsterdam in the 
early part of 1657. He married, March 9, 
1682, Jannetje Egbertson, baptized January 
II, 1664, died November 23, 1710, daughter of 
Egbert Meindertse and Jaepje Jans. He lived 
for some time on a farm at Alarbletown, given 
him by his father, but afterward removed to a 
farm on which he settled, located about a mile 
southwest from Kingston, on the road to Hur- 
ley. From an old Dutch Bible, still preserved 


at Kingston, we learn that on July 22, 1710. 
"Captain Andries DeWitt departed this life 
in a sorrowful way; through the breaking of 
two sleepers (beams), he was pressed down 
and very much bruised ; he spoke a few words 
and died." He was buried in the old church- 
yard of the Kingston church, his grave being 
marked with a flat stone, fastened with iron 
bands to a red cedar post ; both are still stand- 
ing, as placed in 1710. Children: i. Tjerck, 
baptized January 12, 1683, died August 30, 
1762: married (first), January 18, 1708, Anne 
Pawling: (second), October 17, 1739, Deborah 
Schoonmaker. 2. Jacob, baptized September 
28, 1684. died in infancy. 3. Barbara, bap- 
tized August 22, 1686, died in infancy. 4. 
Vlaes, baptized April 30. 1688, died in infancy. 

5. Barbara, born October 30, 1689, died No- 
vember I. 1715; married, March 25, 1715. 
Johannes Van Leuven. 6. Jacob, mentioned 
l)el()w. 7. Alana, born January 21, 1(593; n:ar- 
ried, October 30, 1713, Jan Roosa Jr. 8. 
Helena, December 7, 1695 ; married, June 6, 
1719, Jacob Switz. 9. Andries, April i, 1697, 
died July 2, 1701. 10. Egbert, March 18. 1699: 
married, November 4, 1726, Mary Notting- 
ham ; their daughter Mary married Cieneral 
James Clinton and became the mother of Gov- 
ernor DeWitt Clinton, of New York. 11. 
Johannes, March 26, 1701 ; married, June 27, 
1724, Mary Broadhead. 12. Andries, bap- 
tized February 20, 1704, died in 1764; mar- 
ried, December 3, 1731. Bredjen Nottingham. 

(HI) Jacob, son of Andries DeWitt, was 
born December 30, 1691 : married, May 9, 
1731, Heyltje Van Kampen. baptized October 

6, 1700, daughter of Jan Van Kampen and 
Tjaatje Janse Decker. Children: i. Child, 
born probably in 1732, but the parish records 
of that time are lost. 2. Johannes, baptized 
September 22, 1734. 3. Jacob J., mentioned 
below. 4. Elizabeth, baptized September 25, 
1738. 5. Maria, baptized October 5, 1740. 

(IV) Jacob J., son of Jacob De^\'itt, was 
baptized at Rhinebeck Flats (then regarded as 
within "Nieu Englant"), August 22, 1736; 
married, ]\Iarch 30, 1758, Leah Kortwright. 
Children: i. Heyltje, baptized November 22, 
1759; married Uriah Masterson. 2. Moses, 
mentioned below. 3. Bodewyn, baptized Janu- 
ary 8. 1764, died before 1797. 4. Mary, bap- 
tized May 28, 1766. 5. Jacob. 6. Samuel, bap- 
tized August 27, 1772. 7. Margaret. 8. Sev- 
eryn, born February, 1781. 

(V) Moses, son of Jacob J. DeWitt, was 

born October 23, 1761, died December 8, 1842. 
He married Margaret Wilson, who died May 
19, 1845. She was a daughter of Richard 
Wilson. Children : Hiram, born November 9, 
1783: Olive, January 7, 1785; Jezereel, men- 
tioned below; Tjerck, April 19, 1788; Evi, 
June II, 1789; Moses, September i, 1790; 
Mary, April 20, 1792; Aaron, June 24, 1793; 
Elizabeth, January 20, 1796; ]\Iargaret, Octo- 
ber 13, 1797; John, January 18, 1799; Naomi, 
March 23, 1801 ; Jacob, November 27, 1804; 
Catherine. March 23, 1806. 

The history of Sussex and Warren counties 
says that Moses DeW'itt came to Wantage 
township. New Jersey, and that he held the 
office of ca])tain in the revolutionary war. 
The Nc-Ki Jersey Herald, of Newton, Sussex 
county, of July 7, 1892, says of Moses DeWitt: 

He was at the battle of Minisink in 1779. Dr. 
Wilson says several attempts to break our lines had 
failed, but just as the lire began to slacken, one man, 
who guarded the northeast angle of the hollow square, 
and who had kept up, from behind a rock, a de- 
structive tire on every side, fell, and the Indian and 
Tory crew broke in upon our ranks like a resistless 
deluge. Edsall, in his centennial address, claims this 
man to have been Moses DeWitt. He escaped the 
massacre and after the war moved to Wantage. 

On the top of one of the highest mountains 
overlooking the Delaware river, near Lacka- 
waxen. New York, a monument was erected 
in 1904, to commemorate the battle. 

The Nczi' York Tribune, of July 17, com- 
mented upon the monument, and among other 
things said : 

The battlefield where it stands is in the town of 
Highland, Sullivan County, and is elevated above the 
Delaware River about a thousand feet. The ticld 
itself is a plateau, formed by a ledge of rock, which 
is covered with earth of a sufficient depth to support 
shrubbery. With an unobstructed view of the four 
points of the compass, its strategical value was recog- 
nized by both whites and Indians. 

The Indians belonged to the Delaware tribe, and 
had been harassing the whites in the vicinity of the 
Minisink and Goshen regions, in Orange County. 
Under the leadership of the noted half-breed. Brant, 
they committed many depredations. Colonel Hathorn 
or.ganized a force of two hundred men and started 
in pursuit of the Indians, who retreated. Colonel 
Hathorn kept up this pursuit for more than fifty 
miles, and the forces met at 10 o'clock on the morn- 
ing of July 22, 1779, on the fields in the wilds of 
what was then Ulster County, now Sullivan. The 
whites had entrenched thernselves upon the plateau 
and for hours Brant sought to break through their 
ranks. He had practically decided to give up the 
fight when he learned that the ammunition of the 
whites had given out. The Indians then charged 
upon the little l)and and massacred nearly all. 


Moses DeW'itt. tliough wounded, escaped 
from the fury of the Indians and Tories by 
descending the mountainside and swimming 
across the Delaware river into Pennsylvania. 
a short distance below Lackawaxen. After 
the war it is said that a large tract of land in 
Wantage township. Sussex county. New Jer- 
sey, was granted him by the government, in 
recognization of his services in the war. The 
farm upon which he lived and died is said to 
be still in the possession of some of the family. 

A large monument in memory of the soldiers 
who fell at Minisink has been erected by the 
citizens of Goshen, and still stands in that 

"Old Ulster." volume 2. at page 333. in its 
account of the battle, says: 

It was .sunset. Brant was (liscouraged. He was 
just ordering a retreat when the defender of the 
northwest angle fell. All day he had kept his post 
which was the key of the position. His aim had 
been deadly, and from behind the rock which shel- 
tered him he could not be dislodged. He is said to 
have been a DeW'itt. but his name does not appear 
among those inscribed on the Goshen monument. 
Brant saw him fall and rushed around the rock 
where the defender had stood. Many of the savages 
followed and before they could prevent it the patriots 
were overpowered. Their powder was exhausted, 
many of the Americans were slain, and the enemy 
was in possession. 

The season why Aloses DeW'itt's name did 
not appear on the monument at Goshen is be- 
cause that monument was erected to the mem- 
ory of those who died in the battle and did 
not purport to commemorate the survivors. 

In the same volume is a poem by Charles E. 
Stickney. entitled "Minisink." One of its stan- 
zas refers to Captain Moses DeWitt, in the 
following language : 

The sun to westward wheeled his blazing car. 

The river rolled its flashing waters by. 

While Hathorn's men through heat and worse by far. 

Dread thirst, fought on beneath the cloudless sky. 

When these at last had dark despair brought nigh, 

DeWitt fell wounded — powder all was spent — 

No chance was left except to flee or die. 

Yes flee, and leave their wounded: as they went. 

Their cries for mercy with the roar of battle blent. 

John N. Dolph, late superintendent of the 
schools at Port Jervis, New York, a short 
time before his death, wrote: 

Moses DeWitt could have been only about 18 years 
old when he was at the battle of the Minisink. I 
have been to the battle ground. It was about one 
mile and a half easterly from Lackawaxen. The 

whites were on the summit of a hill. The Indians 
had them at a disadvantage. They surrounded the 
hill. The breast-works which were hastily thrown 
up by the whites are now plainly visible. There is a 
monument erected on the battle ground to com- 
memorate the event. The Indians had the white men 
cut ofi^ from all supply of water. 

"Old Ulster," volume 2, page 334, has a full 
page portrait of this monument. 

There has been considerable controversy in 
the public prints abotit the birthplace of Gov- 
ernor DeWitt Clintnn. some maintaining that 
he was born at the residence of his grand- 
father. Egbert DeWitt, at Xapanoch, Ulster 
county, and others urging that the place of his 
birth was the residence of his uncle, David 
Rutsen DeW'itt, at Peenpack, near Port Jervis, 
in C)range county. 

"Old Ulster." vulume <<. page 362. review- 
ing the matter, said of David Rutsen DeWitt 
and his place of residence : 

He built the old stone and frame house at the 
Xeversink River, and a grist mill. .\ fort was built 
conti.guous to this house which was termed "Fort 
DeWitt" and was used as a place of refuge and 
safety for women and children during the Indian 
wars which preceded and continued during the years 
of the Revolution. This Fort DeWitt was located 
near the suspension bridge which crossed the Never- 
sink River leading from Port Jervis to Cuddeback- 
ville. about one mile south of Cuddebackville. The 
small house which stood in 1889 near the then dwell- 
ing of Jessie Tillson was on the foundation of this 

"Eager's History of Orange County." pub- 
lished in 1846 and 1847, states: 

DeWitt Clinton was born March 2, 1769, at Fort 
DeWitt, at the residence of Captain Jacob DeWitt. 
This Fort was both a residence and Fort, being a 
stone house fortified to an extent to be a protection 
against the Indians who for many years before the 
Revolution were troublesome in that vicinity, being 
on the outskirts of the white settlement. 

(AT) Jezereel, son of Moses DeW^itt, was 
born Septetnber i, 1786. He married Lucy 
Stoddard, born August 2y, 1793, in Groton, 
Connecticut. She was the daughter of In- 
crease B. Stoddard, who had then removed to 
the township of Minisink, Orange county. New 
York. A portion of the last-named township, 
containing his farm and place of residence was 
afterwards set off and became part of the town- 
ship of Waway wanda. The children of Jezereel 
and Lucy Stoddard I3e\\'itt were as follows: 
Simion Stoddard, born July 10, 1815, married 
Sallv Venov; Evi, hereinafter more partic- 



ularly mentioned; Jezereel, born June 5, 1822, 
married Lucy Loomis ; Increase B., born April 

3, 1825, married Maria ; Diadama, born 

January 9, 1826. married Thomas B. Morgan; 
Abel Shute, born April 26, 1830, married Kate 
Brown; Chauncy B., born March ig, 1833. 
married Elvira Stowell. 

Lucy Stoddard DeWitt died May 31, 1834. 
Jezereel DeW'itt Sr. married Esther Lambert 
for his second wife, about 1835. Their son, 
Samuel M. DeWitt, was born in or about 
1836, and died, immarried, August 2t,. i860, 
at the age of twenty-three years and six months, 
Jezereel DeWitt 'died March 10, 1868, and 
Esther DeWitt departed this life February 16, 
1871, age seventy-seven years and six days. 

Jezereel DeWitt Sr. removed from Sussex 
county, New Jersey, to Brooklyn, Susque- 
hanna county, Pennsylvania, in or about 1823, 
where he died and his remains were buried in 
the public cemetery at Brooklyn Center. 

(VII) Evi, son of Jezereel DeWitt, was 
born in Montague township, near the old "Brick 
House," Sussex county. New Jersey, Novem- 
ber 14. 1819, died March 28, 1903. On De- 
cember 28. 1843. he married Annie Elizabeth 
W'ilson, at Carbondale, Pennsylvania, who died 
February i. 1892. Their children were: Jer- 
ome, mentioned below ; Lucy, born at New 
Milford, January 22, 1847, '^•'^f' September 10, 
1848; Mary, born April 19, 185 1, died Febru- 
ary 6, 1865 ; Levi Justine, born May 30, 1859, 
married Mary Curley, of Great Bend, Penn- 
sylvania, January lo, 1899; William Wilson, 
born September 10, 1861, died February 2, 
1865 ; Annie, born July 23, 1867, died October 
19, 1882; Agnes, twin to .Annie, married Eu- 
gene M. Casey, April 10, 1896, and died at 
Oxford, New York, March 29, 1903. 

Annie E. Wilson, mentioned above, was 
born January 24, 1824, at or near Chorley, in 
Lancashire county, England, the daughter of 
William and Margaret Wilson. Her birth- 
place was on the .Avon river, near the home of 
Shakespeare. When she was three months 
old her parents immigrated to this country, 
and lived for a short time in New York City. 
Afterwards at West-Farms, near Mott Haven, 
in Westchester county, New York, and. while 
Annie E. was still young, moved to a farm in 
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, where lier father died 
at the age of thirty-three years. Her mother. 
with her two daughters, Annie E. and Mar- 
garet Wilson, tiicn removed to Carbondale. 
Pennsylvania, in or about the year 1839. Annie 

E. Wilson was a person of superior education 
and intelligence and there opened and conduct- 
ed a select school for young ladies until the 
time of her marriage to Evi DeWitt. He and 
she lived in Eirooklyn one year, then removed 
to Nicholson. Pennsylvania, where they re- 
sided for two or three years. They then re- 
moved to a farm in New Milford. where they 
continued to reside until the time of their 
deaths. Evi De\\'itt was a strong man. phy- 
sically, morally ami mentally. He was one of 
the prosperous farmers of Susquehanna county. 

(VIH) Jerome, son of Evi and Annie E. 
(Wilson) DeWitt, was born at Nicholson,. 
Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, February 16, 
1845. He married Ida Brougham, of Newark 
Valley. New York, January 26, 1892. When 
he was two years old he was taken to New 
Milford, Susquehanna county, with the fam- 
ily, to reside, and his father followed fann- 
ing there. He attended the public schools, the 
New Milford Academy and afterwards the 
Gibson Academy, in which he prepared for 
college. He entered the LTniversity of Michi- 
gan, at Ann Arbor, from which he was gradu- 
ated in 1868. In the autumn of the same year 
he came to Binghamton. New York, and began 
the study of the law, in the office of the Hon. 
William Barrett. After remaining there a 
year he read law with Judge Horace S. Gris- 
wold for a year, and later with Judge Benja- 
min N. Loomis for about six months. He was 
admitted to the bar in the old general term, sit- 
ting at Albany, in February. 1871. He then 
became a partner with the late William H. 
Scoville in the practice of law. under the firm 
name of "Scoville and DeWitt." which jsartner- 
ship continued until the spring of 1890, when 
Mr. Scoville died. Since Mr. Scoville's death 
Mr. DeWitt has continued to practice alone. 
He has for many years occupied a prominent 
position in his profession, and has been honor- 
ed with many offices of trust. In jiolitics he is 
a Democrat. 

Mr. DeWitt was a member of the old volun- 
teer fire department, jinning the Excelsior 
Hook and Ladder Company, No. i, in the 
year 1871. He soon became, by election, assist- 
ant foreman of that company, and later was 
elected foreman, and twice reelected to the 
last-named position. He then became, by elec- 
tion, second assistant engineer for one year, 
first assistant engineer for a like term, and at 
the expiration of the last term was elected 
chief of the fire department, March 4, 1879. 



That last position he again tilled for a sec- 
ond term, by reelection. In 1876 he was the 
candidate for his party for member of the 
popular branch of legislature. The county 
(Broome) being very strongly Republican in 
politics he was not elected, but ran some- 
thing over five hundred ahead of his party 
ticket. For the period of twelve years, ending 
April 12, 1894. he was the treasurer of the 
llinghamton State Hospital for the Insane. 
He was one of the first fire commissioners of 
the city, under the act of the legislature of 
1888, creating a board of fire commissioners 
for the management of the volunteer fire de- 
partment. He served two years under this 
appointment, which was made by Mayor Mor- 
gan, and was then reappointed by Mayor .Ste- 
phens for a full term of four years, but re- 
signed May 26, 1893. 

In November, 1897, Mr. DeWitt was elect- 
ed mayor of the city of Binghamton, defeating 
e.x-Mayor George E. Green. In the fall of 
1899 he was reelected mayor for a further 
term of two years ; William L. Griswold, Esq., 
being the Republican candidate. .-Vt the fall 
election, in 1906, he was the candidate of his 
party for the office of county judge and surro- 
gate of Broome county, but the Republican 
majority being something over four thousand 
in the county, he was not elected. December 
10, 1906, he was appointed by Governor Hig- 
gins to be a member of the board of managers 
of the Binghamton State Hospital for the 
Insane, to fill a vacancy ; and was reappointed 
by Governor Hughes for a full term of five 
years, .A.pril 4, 1907. but resigned April i, 

He resides at No. 33 St. John avenue, and 
still occupies the old law office of the late 
Judge Griswold, where he studied ; which, with 
the library and belongings, he and Mr. Scoville 
purchased in 1871. In January of the present 
year (1911) he was appointed a member of 
the board of education of the city of Bingham- 
ton for the term of five years, a position which 
he still occupies. 

The surname Goodwin is de- 
GOODWIN rived from the ancient per- 
sonal name, Godwin, mean- 
ing good friend, common in northern Europe 
and England as early as the fifth century. Its 
use as a surname dates from the adoption of 
surnames in England. A Robert Goodwin 
lived in Norwich in 1238. 

( I ) Ozias Goodwin, the immigrant, was born 
in England, in 1596, according to his deposi- 
tion in court, September, 1674, when he stated 
his age as seventy-eight. Elder William Good- 
win, his brother, and he came to this covmtry 
about the same time, and both settled in Hart- 
ford, Connecticut. Ozias married, in Eng- 
land, Mary, daughter of Robert Woodward, 
of Braintree, county Essex. Her father's will, 
dated May 27, 1640, mentions her as a legatee. 
It is believed that the Goodwins were from 
this vicinity also. The first record of Ozias, 
in Hartford, is as a landholder among "such 
inhabitants as were granted lots to have only 
at the town's courtesie, with libertie to fetch 
wood and keep swine or cows by proportion 
on the common." His home, in February, 
1639-40, was on the highway from the cow 
pasture to Mr. Allen's land on the west, ad- 
joining lands of Thomas Burchwood, Thomas 
Hale and Richard Lord. This lot is what is 
now Trumbull street, near Church street ; later 
he moved to a lot on the highway from the 
mill to the old ox pasture. He was one of a 
company from Hartford, Windsor and Weth- 
ersfield. who, April 18, 1659, signed an agree- 
ment to remove to Hadley, Massachusetts. 
He decided to remain at Hartford. He was a 
freeman as early as October 13, 1669. He 
died in the spring of 1683 and his inventory 
was dated April 3. 1683. The heirs signed an 
agreement of partition Ajiril C>, lC^H^|. Chil- 
dren; William, born about i'>29; Nathaniel, 
about 1637, mentioned below ; Hannah, about 
16^9, married, 1661, William Pitkin, of Hart- 

(II) Nathaniel, son of C)zias Goodwin, was 
born about 1637, and was admitted a freeman 
of Connecticut, October, 1662. He was a 
townsman of Hartford, 1669-78-82. He mar- 
ried (first) Sarah, daughter of John and Han- 
nah Coles, of Hatfield, Massachusetts, for- 
merly of Farmington, Connecticut. She died 
May 8, 1676, aged twenty-nine, and was buried 
in the Center church burying-ground. where 
her monument is still to be seen, the oldest in 
Hartford bearing the name of Goodwin. He 
married (second) Elizabeth, daughter of Dan- 
iel Pratt, of Hartford. ChiUlren of first wife: 
Nathaniel, baptized July, 1665, married (first) 
Lois Potter, (second), September 14, 1699, 
Sarah Easton, died March 12, 1746: Sarah, 
baptized 1668; John, baptized May 19, 1672, 

married (first) Sarah , (second), before 

June, 1740, Mary Olmstead, died February 6. 



1757. Children of second wife: Samuel, men- 
tioned below ; Hannah, baptized December 6, 
1685, buried January 31, 1693; Ozias, born 
June 26, 1689, married, June 6, 1723, Martha 
Williamson, died January 26. 1776; Elizabeth, 
October 14, 1691, married, September 12. 1713, 
John Cole, died December 28, 1773. 

(III) Samuel, son of Nathaniel Goodwin, 
was born August 22, 1682. He married, March 
18, 1707-08, Mary, daughter of Lieutenant 
James and Sarah (Barnard) Steele, of Hart- 
ford. She married (second), December 2, 
1714, Joseph Ashley. He lived in Hartford. 
and died before January 23, 1711-12. Chil- 
dren: Abigail, born December 12, 1708, mar- 
ried, March 23, 1737-38; Nathaniel Eggleston, 
died September 30, 1801 ; Samuel, mentioned 

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel ( i ) Good- 
win, was born October 10, 1710, died September 

30, 1776. He married (first) Abigail . 

who died September 16, 1748, and (second), 
January, 1750, Laodamia Merrill, born January 
28, 1728-29, buried May 6, 1790, daughter of 
Moses and Mary Merrill, of Hartford. He 
lived in Hartford, and held numerous town 
offices there; hay ward, 1732: collector, 1737- 
45-47; grand juror, 1743. October, 1749, he 
was elected ensign of the First Company of 
Foot Guard, in the First Connecticut Regi- 
ment. Children : Samuel, born October 7, 
1752, married, January 18, 1781, Abigail But- 
ler, died April 6, 1807 ; James, mentioned 
below; George, January 7, 1757, married, De- 
cember 2, 1779, Mary Edwards, died May 13, 
1844: Abigail, May 28, 1759, married James 
Anderson, died December 23, 1843 ; David, 
August 7, 1 761, married Susanna Pratt, died 
November 15, 1 810 ; Theodore, April 18, 1764, 
married (first), November 11, 1792, Lucy 
Adams, (second), June 24, 1805, Harriet Prior, 
died March 21, 1845; Russell, September 14, 
1766. married, July 4, 1789, Ruth Church, died 
May 19, 1839; Mary, May 14, I7'i9, buried 
Mav 27, 1783. 

(V ) James, son of Samuel (2) Goodwin, 
was born in Hartford, December 15, 1754, 
died in East Hartford, June 24, 1822. He 
married, March 10, 1783, Hannah, daughter 
of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Allyn) Mather, 
born in Windsor, Connecticut, March 20, 1762, 
died February 22, 1805. Children: Roxana. 
born March 9, 1784, married, November 11, 
1828, Chester Wells, died March 9, 1878; 

James Mather, mentioned below ; Mary, May 
25, 1787, married, March 31, 1811, Timothy 
Spencer, died August 28, 1870; Manning, May 
2j. 1789, died July 6, 1789; Manning, August 
27, 1790, died June 15, 1832; Hannah, Decem- 
ber 20, 1792, married, November 27, 1814, 
Oliver Wells, died May 24, 1820; Erastus, 
March 14, 1795, married, August i, 1821, 
Anna Seaman, died June 7, 1882. 

(VI) James Mather, son of James Good- 
win, was born August 24, 1785, in Hartford; 
died March 30, 1870. He married, December 
21, 1809, Roxana, daughter of John and Theo- 
dosia (Foote) Bulkley, born in Colchester, 
Connecticut, May 14, 1788, died August 9, 
1869. He began his business life as a West 
India merchant in his native town and con- 
tinued as such until 1828, when he became 
secretary for the ^Htna Fire Insurance Com- 
pany, of Hartford, and in 1837 was elected to 
the same position in the Protection Company. 
From 1819 to 1823 he was major in the (jov- 
ernor's Foot Guards. In religion he was an 
Episcopalian, and in 1837 was elected junior 
warden, and in 1829 and 1838 senior warden. 
Children: James Mather, born October i, 1810, 
married (first), September 16, 1834, Julia Ann 
Dickinson, (second). May 7, 1838, Charlotte 
Rebecca Johnson; Frederick, July 24, 1812, 
died October 27, 1845 • Mary, February 3, 
1816, died March 17, 1817; Mary Jane, Janu- 
ary 26, 1818, married. May 16, 1838, Charles 
Haskell Brainard ; Henry Wheaton, mention- 
ed below; William Alfred, February 14, 1831, 
died September 20, 1838. 

( VII) Henry Wheaton, son of James ]\Iath- 
er Goodwin, was born in Hartford, Connecti- 
cut, September 26, 1^23, died at New Flaven, 
Connecticut, November 5, 1876. He married. 
May 6, 1846, Caroline Althea, daughter of 
Joel and Maria (Scovill) Hinman, born in 
Waterbury, Connecticut, July 9, 1827, died 
March 4, 1874. He lived for a time in Green- 
field, Massachusetts, and Waterbury. After 
his marriage he returned to Hartford, and for 
a number of years was engaged in the crockery 
business. In 1862 he removed to West Hart- 
ford, and in 1870 to Cheshire. Children : 
Maria Hinman, September 20, 1847, married, 
January 13, 1868, Percival W. Clement; Al- 
fred Scovill, March 30, 1850, married, Febru- 
ary 5. 1880, Mrs. Emma Amelia (Atkinson) 
Elv ; Henry W'illiam, January 29, 1835, mar- 
ried, May 27, 1875, Eleanor C. Steele; Caro- 



line Anna, October 31. 1859. married. October 
13. 1880. John Dwight^ Parker ; Frederick Ab- 
bott, mentioned below. 

(VIII) Dr. Frederick Abbott Goodwin, son 
of Henry Wheaton Goodwin, was born at 
West Hartford, August 28, 1865. He received 
his early education in the public schools of 
Hartford, in Rutland, Vermont, and Shoe- 
makertown, Pennsylvania. In 1885 he enter- 
ed the medical department of the University 
of Vermont, and graduated in 1887. He then 
took a post-graduate course at the Columbia 
University Medical School, and graduated in 
1888. From 1888 to 1890 he was surgeon in 
the Hartford Hospital. In 1890 he went to 
Europe, and studied medicine and surgery in 
Germany and Austria for two years. From 
1892 to 1898 he practiced in New York City, 
and was also instructor in orthopedic surgery 
at the New York Post-Graduate School and 
Hospital. He then became surgeon for the 
Erie railroad and removed to Suscjuehanna, 
Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1907. 
For six years he was coroner of .Susc|ueliaima, 
and was the founder and organizer of the 
' Simon Barnes Hospital. In 1907 he removed 
to Binghamton, New York, where he follows 
a general practice. He still continues as sur- 
geon to the Erie Railroad, and consulting sur- 
geon at the Susquehanna Hospital. He is 
a member of the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks : of the New Y'ork and New 
England Railroad Surgeons' Association, of 
which he is president ; of the Erie Railroad 
Surgeons' Association ; Broome County Med- 
ical Society, of which he is treasurer. He 
married, Alarch 2, 1899, Minnie H., daughter 
of Dr. Francis Vinton and Mary Elizabeth 
(Bensel) Brush (see Brush VIII). She was 
a graduate of the New York Post-Graduate 
Training School for Nurses, class of 1898. 
Children of Dr. and Mrs. Goodwin : Dorothy 
Athcrton, born April 3, 1900: Edith Brush, 
May 26, 1902. Mr. and Airs. Dr. Goodwin 
attend the Episcopal church. 

(The Brush Line). 

The first of the name of whom there is any 
record was Robert De Brush, who went to 
England with the Conqueror in 1066. From 
this French De Brus or De Brewes are de- 
rived the English names of Bruse, Bruce, 
Bush and Brush. The following extracts show 
perhaps the source from which the family in 
this country sprang. William de Brus lived 

in Heworth, a mile to the north of Aycliffe. 
His son, Adam de Brus, "held the will by 
Knights service." William Brus, 1354, "then 
styled Chivalier, held the Manor of Heworth 
by the fourth part of a Knight's fees and 40s. 
\\'illiam Bruys son and heir, 1381. Robert 
Bruys sold the estate in 1435." 

( I ) Thomas Brush, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England about 1610, and came to this 
country before 1633, in which year he is re- 
corded as owning a lot in Southold, Suftolk 
county. Long Island. In 1656 he witnessed a 
will in Southold, and attended a town meeting 
there in October, 1660. That same year it 
was agreed that "Gudman Brush" shall keep 
"the ordinary." He was made a freeman of 
Connecticut in 16(14. In 165(1 or i()37 he re- 
moved to Huntington, Long Island, having 
sold his home in Southold to Thomas Mapes, 
his wife Rebecca assenting. About 1666 he. 
with two others, was sent by the "Inhabitants 
of Huntington with an Indian called Chichinee 
to the South Meadow" to find and fix the 
boundaries of a piece of land bought from the 
Massapagus Indians. This land was South 
Neck, and upon it was a marked tree, which 
was to serve as a witness to the bargain. The 
whites met there some twenty Indians, with 
their sachem, who was at first very reluctant 
to conclude the transaction. They finally agreed 
to point out the tree, however. Thomas Brush 
was ahead of the other white men, and went 
past the said tree, without noticing it. "Then 
an Indian called him back and showed him." 
He was one of the proprietors of Huntington 
in 1672. He was also chosen one of the over- 
seers of the town, and finally constable. He 
exercised his authority in the latter position, 
when. February 21, 1670, the town "refuse to 
repair the P'ort" at New York because they 
felt deprived of the liberties of Englishmen. 

His wife was Rebecca, daughter of John 
Conkling, or Conolyne, who was said to have 
come from Nottinghamshire, England. He 
was received as an inhabitant of Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, September 14, 1640, and had four 
acres of land allotted to him in 1649. He was 
an active man, who "identified himself with 
every new enterprise with zeal and energy and 
soon became the cynosure of all the village." 
He moved later to Southold, and about 1660 
to Huntington, where he is numbered among 
the founders of the town. He is believed to 
have been born about 1600, and died in 1683. 

Thomas Brush died in 1670, and his son 



Thomas administered upon his estate in 1677. 
It was valued at three hundred and six pounds, 
which was a ver)' fair sum for those times. 
Children : Thomas ; Richard, mentioned below ; 
John, born about 1650: Rebecca, married, Feb- 
ruary 8, 1682, Jeremiah Hobart, or Hubbard. 
(II) Richard, son of Thomas Brush, settled 
on West Neck, on the south shore of Lloyd's 
Harbor. This property remained in the pos- 
session of his descendants until 1898. Like 
his father, he was a town officer, a commis- 
sioner to lay out lands and roads, and in 1663 
one of the seven trustees annually elected under 
the new patent. He marrierl Hannah or Jo- 
anna Corey. Following the common practice 
of h:s time he divided his real estate among 
his sons during his lifetime. In 1700 he gave 
a farm to his son Thomas, with the con- 
sent of his wife. In 1709 he gave Richard 
and Thomas "Meadows and uplands." and in 
1 710 his son Robert his home lot, with other 
property, including one-half of one hundred 
pounds right of commonage. Children : Rich- 
ard ; Thomas : Robert, mentioned below ; Reu- 

(III) Robert, son of Richard Brush, was 
born m 1695. He was a town trustee, and 
when a new meeting-house was built, was 
among the most liberal subscribers, giving the 
sum of twenty pounds. He was executor of 
the will of Jeremiah Hubbard Jr.. his nephew, 
in 1730. He had four sons, of whom Reuben 
married Ruth Woods, February 11, 17^9, and 
was a prominent citizen ; Jonathan, mentioned 

(IV) Jonathan, son of Robert Brush, was 
born and lived at Huntington, Long Island. 
He married Elizabeth Sniith. Among their 
children was Joshua, mentioned below. 

(V) Joshua, son of Jonathan Brush, was 
born at Huntington, and alwavs lived there. 
He married Margaret Ireland, of West Hills, 
Long Island. Among their children was Philip' 
mentioned below. 

(VI) Philip, son of Joshua Brush, was born 
at Huntington and removed to Ridgetield, Con- 
necticut. He married Ruth Brush, a distant 
relative. Among their children was larvis 
born January 6, 1787, father of Professor 
George Jarvis Brush, director of the Sheffield 
Scientific School, Yale University, from 1872 
to 1898; Conklin, mentioned below. 

(VII) Hon. Conklin Brush, son of Philip 
Brush, was born at Ridgefield, Connecticut 
March 8, 1794, died Julv 4, 1870. He was 

educated in the public schools. Just after the 
war of 181 2 he commenced business in New 
York City, with no resources but his good 
character and remarkable business tact and 
energy, and he very rapidly acquired a reputa- 
tion as a safe and successful merchant. He 
was a dealer in crockery and hardware. From 
1816 to 1840, including'all the periods of com- 
mercial disaster, he was at the head of nine 
successful firms, no one of which ever failed, 
and all of which were highly prosperous. He 
came to Brooklyn in 1827 and made his home 
in that city the remainder of his life. When 
Brooklyn was made a city, in April, 1834, Mr. 
Brush was asked to occupy the chair during 
the election of the first mayor. George Hall 
He wasa member of the board of trustees in 
1830, of the common council in 1834-35, and 
president of the board. At the close of his 
term he was given a unanimous vote of thanks 
for the able and impartial manner in which he 
presided. In politics he was a Whig until that 
party was dissolved. In every movement for 
the development and welfare of Brooklyn he 
took an active part. When he moved thither, 
there was not a public street lamp in Brooklyn,' » 
which was then a village. In 1832 he to'ok 
steps to have Hicks and William streets lighted 
at night and from that time the public lighting 
system was extended to all parts of the munici- 
pality. In 1834 he was chairman of the citizens' 
committee which secured for Brooklyn, against 
the opposition of N'ew York City, the South or 
Atlantic Ferry. He led the movement to widen 
Fulton street below the junction with Main 
street against violent opposition. He was ap- 
pointed at a public meeting of the city on a 
committee to select and secure a site for a city 
hall and the committee secured the site on 
which the building was subsequently erected, 
though instead of a city hall costing'$ 100,000.' 
as proposed by the committee, a costly struc- 
ture was started and various scandals develop- 
ed before the city hall was finally completed. 
With Daniel Richards he projected the At- 
lantic docks, incorporated in 1840. and he was 
a director of the company for six years. In 
1848 he erected a grain elevator. In 1850 he 
was elected mayor of Brooklyn, as the Whig 
candidate, against John Rice,' the Democratic 
candidate, and George Hall, independent, and 
he served the city with ability and credit dur- 
ing 1 85 1 and 1852. It has been said that the 
city never had a better mayor. His perfect 
familiarity with financial affairs secured for 

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him the confidence and support of the large 
property interests of the city. He was one 
of the organizers of the Mechanics' Bank, of 
Brooklyn; its first president, remaining in that 
capacity until his death. He was influential 
in the movement to procure an adecjuate mu- 
nicipal water supply, and served, in 1857, on 
the first water commission. He was a promi- 
nent member and vestryman of the Protestant 
Episcopal church. In later years he was a 
Democrat in politics. For many years he was 
one of the commissioners of Prospect Park. 
His favorite motto was "Honesty is the Best 
Policy." He was public spirited and often 
served the city without compensation. 

He married Rosannah Hoyt, July 7, 1816, 
at Norwalk, Connecticut. Eleven children, 
four sons and seven daughters, among whom 
were : Delia ; Jane, married George Smith ; 
Anna; Goold ; Henry ; Julia M. ; Francis Vin- 

(X'lH) Dr. Francis \'inton Brush, son of 
Hon. Conklin Brush, was born August 26, 
1844, died July 8, 1882. He was educated as 
a physician and loved his profession, but ill 
health obliged him to retire from active prac- 
tice. He married Mary Elizabeth Bensel. 
daughter of James Mcjimpsey and Mary Eliz- 
abeth (Wright) Bensel. Children: i. Rosa- 
belle, married Herbert L. Joeckel, and had 
Dorothy Rosabelle Joeckel. 2. Marie Louise. 
3. Minnie H., married, March 2, 1890, Dr. 
Frederick A. Goodwin (see Goodwin \'HI). 

Walter Dean or Deane, immigrant 
DEAN ancestor, was born in the parish 
of Chard, in Somersetshire. His 
brother John, who was somewhat older, was 
also born there. Chard is in Taunton Dean, 
and the family name is derived from the name 
Dean or valley. From Taunton Dean and 
vicinity came many of the families that settled 
in Taunton, Massachusetts. There is among the 
people of this section of England a proverb : 
"Where should I be born else than in Taunton 
Dean?" Meaning to express the utmost satis- 
faction with their native place. 

Walter Deane was born between 161 5 and 
161 7. He was admitted a freeman of Taun- 
ton, Massachusetts. December 4, 1638. although 
he appears to have landed in Boston first and 
to have been in Dorchester for about a year 
before going to Taunton. His homestead was 
about a mile from the present centre of Taun- 
ton and adjoined his brother John's place. 

Their descendants own and occupy the farms. 
or did recently. Walter Deane was a tanner 
by trade. He was a deacon of the church. He 
was a deputy to the general court at Plymouth 
in 1640, and was a selectman of Taunton from 
1679 to 1686 inclusive. He is mentioned by 
the historians as especially prominent in town 
affairs, .^.t the time of King Philip's war he 
served on the committee of the town of Taun- 
ton to reply to the generous offer of other 
towns less exposed to Indian attacks, to shelter 
the people of Taunton. The letter declining 
the proffered aid and shelter and thanking 
those who made the ofifer was signed by Deane 
and shows that he, as did also his brother, 
used the finel "e" in his surname, which is now 
generally spelled without it. 

He married Eleanor, daughter of Richard 
Strong and sister of Elder John Strong, who 
came in the ship "Mary and John" in 1630, 
and afterward settled in Northampton. His 
wife Eleanor was living in 1693. They had 
eight in the family in 1639, from which it is 
presumed that they had six children, but the 
names of three only are known, viz : Joseph, a 
shoemaker of Taunton: Ezra; Benjamin, who 
married Sarah Williams and settled in Taun- 

( II ) Ezra Dean, son of Walter Deane. was 
probably born in Taunton, Massachusetts. He 
married. December 17, 1676, Bethiah Edson, 
daughter of Deacon Samuel and Susanna Or- 
cutt (Amory) Edson. Deacon Samuel Edson. 
of l;]ridgewater, was one of the first settlers 
and owned the first mill built in Bridgewater. 
Ezra Dean died between October 28, 1727, 
when his will was made, and February 17, 
1732, when it was proved. He lived in Taun- 
ton and his children were born there. Chil- 
dren : Bethiah, born October 14, 1677, died 
November 2"]. 1679 ; Ezra ; Samuel, born .April 
II, 1681, died February 16, 1682-83; Seth- 
born June 3, 1683. lived at Taunton ; Mar- 
garet ; Ephraim, married Mary Allen, of Reho- 

(III) Ezra (2), son of Ezra (i) Dean, was 
born in Taunton, Massachusetts, October 14, 
1680. He married (first) .\bigail, daughter of 
Captain James Leonard. He married (second) 
Abigail Bretnall, who survived him. He died 
July I, 1737, at Taunton. Ezra Dean was a 
phvsician of note in his day. A writer in the 
Colitnibiaii. of Taunton, in 1825, stated some 
interesting facts about Dr. Dean's children. He 
had sixteen and their united ages. dead and alive. 


NE\\' YORK. 

amounted to thirteen lumdred and seven years. 
The ages of eleven amounted to over a thou- 
sand years. His daughter Theodora lived to 
see descendants in the fifth generation, and 
was the mother of Dr. Job Godfrey, of Taun- 
ton, eminent for half a century. Descendants 
of several of his sons settled in Worcester 
county, some in Hardwick, some in Rutland 
and Westminster, and others in Oakham and 
vicinity. The children of Dr. Ezra Dean 
were : Ezra, died at eighty-nine years ; Theo- 
dora, died at age of one hundred years ; Abi- 
gail, died at ninety-five ; Bethiah, died at nine- 
ty-six ; Nehemiah, died at ninety; James, born 
1722, died February 9, 1812, aged eighty-nine, 
according to Oakham records, called ninety in 
the nev\'spaper ; Seth, died at eighty-eight ; Sol- 
omon, died at sixty-one; Elkanah, died at 
eighty-seven; William, living in 1825, aged 
ninety-four, born 1731 ; George, died at eighty- 
six; Elisha, died at eighty-three; Nathaniel, 
died at twenty-five; Esther, living in 1825, 
aged ninety-two, born 1733; Prudence, died at 
eighty; Stephen, died at fifty-one. The pre- 
ceding are probably not given in order, Ijut no 
better record has been found. 

(V) William Dean, descendant probably in 
the fifth generation of Walter Deane, accord- 
ing to tradition, came from Rhode Island early 
in the eighteenth century and settled in Put- 
nam county. New York, where he bought 
eight hundred acres of land, some of which 
has been owned by descendants ever since. 
He had five sons : Seth, who settled in Putnam 
county, New Y'ork; Benjamin, who settled in 
Delaware county. New York; Ezekiel, who 
settled in Kent, Putnam county. New York ; 
Caleb, who settled in Kent ; John, mentioned 

(VI) John, son of ^Villiam Dean, settled 
in Putnam county. New York, and was father 
of Niles, mentioned below. 

(VH) Niles, son of John Dean, married 
Nancy, daughter of Stephen Northrop (see 
Northrop V). Children: i. Milton N., born 
January i, 1815, near Carmel. Putnam county; 
"died August 18, 1897; married, October, 1841, 
Phebe Jane Haveland. 2. Ranslear, born near 
Carmel, October 31, 1816; married Deborah 
Ann Peck, in Patterson, New York, May 16, 
1844. 3. Aner, born August 29, 1819, near 
Carmel; died June 2t„ 1896; married Philip 
T. Smith, at Matteawan. New Y^ork. 4. Willis, 
born September 10, 1821, near Carmel; mar- 
ried (first) Katherine Squires, December 22, 

1846, who died without issue, January 2, 1883 ;, 
married (second-) Jennie Van Voorhis, Sep- 
tember 10, 1889. 5. Ursula, born near Carmel, 
August 25, 1823; died January 8, 1892; mar- 
ried Benjamin Stone, in Pulteney. New York, 
January. 1849. '-•• La Fayette, born near Car- 
mel, June 10, 1825 ; married Hattie Sinsebox, 
October 20, 1852; she died January 2, 1883. 
7. Jackson W., born at Carmel, July 20, 1827; 
married Elizabeth D. Knapp, February 22, 
1849. 8. Erastus, mentioned below. 9. Oliver, 
born near Carmel, March 6, 1831 ; married 
(first) Ellen Howe, April 2, 1862, and she 
died the same year ; married (second) Jane 
.Squires, December 12, 1865 ; he died March 9, 
1898. Niles Dean died December 28, 1833; 
his wife died April 30, 1863. 

(VHI) Erastus, son of Niles Dean, was 
born near Carmel, New Y'ork, August 18, 
1829. He was apprenticed to learn the trade 
of a machinist, and because of his natural me- 
chanical ability he soon became an expert in 
the business. After working for a while in 
Fishkill, New York, he went, in 1840, to Bing- 
hamton, where for a time he was a Methodist 
preacher. He then found employment as over- 
seer for Shepley & Wells, and later entered 
the employ of A. S. Bartlett, where for thirty 
years he was superintendent of machinery, 
until his death. He married, April 30, 185 1, 
Mary S., daughter of Stephen and Sophia 
(Carpenter) Harris. Children: i. Frank W., 
born August 29, 1853; married (first), Sep- 
tember 3, 1875. Ella Rood; married (second), 
March 18, 1885, Minnie J. Brown; children: 
Edwin H., Minnie H. and Mabel A. 2. Amy 
Jane, born January 28. 1859, died October 11. 
1859. 3. Mary L., born March 14. 1864; mar- 
ried, June 2, 1891, George H. Downing; chil- 
dren :' Mildred and Richard B. 4. Arthur E., 
mentioned below. 

( IX ) Arthur E., son of Erastus and Alarv S. 
(Harris) Dean, was born in Binghamton. New 
Y'ork. October 12, 1870. He received his early 
education in the public schools of his native 
town and prepared for college in the P)ingham- 
ton high school. He was graduated from the 
New York School of Pharmacy in 1895, and 
immediately engaged in business as a druggist, 
succeeding his brother, Frank W. Dean, in 
1909. His store is located at the corner of 
Chenango and Lewis streets, Binghamton. In 
religion Mr. Dean is a Presbyterian, and he 
is a member of Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, and New York State Pharmaceutical 



Association, Binghamton Cliamber of Com- 
merce and the Slerchants' and Advertisers' 

He married. March 5, 1896. Augusta J. Dun- 
lap, born in Ovid. Seneca county. Xew York, 
(laughter of Arthur and ^lary Helen (John- 
son) Dunlap. Her father was born in Ovid, 
Seneca county, New York, son of Andrew Jr. 
and Hannah (Kinney) Dunlap. and grandson 
of Andrew Sr. and Mary (\\'ilson) Dunlap. 
Andrew Sr. was son of John Dunlap, immi- 
grant ancestor, who came in ijbo to this coun- 
try, settled in Xew York state, and died, in 
1801. in Seneca county. His wife was a Gil- 

(The Northrop Line). 

(I) Joseph Northrop, the ancestor of this 
family, came perhaps from Yorkshire, Eng- 
land. He was one of "Eaton and Davenport's 
Company, of good cjiaracter and fortune," 
who came from England, in 1637, in the ships 
"Flector" and "Martin." They landed in Bos- 
ton, July 26, 1637, and settled at New Haven, 
in April, 1638. They were mostly from York- 
shire, Herefordshire and Kent. Members of 
this company and of Sir Richard Saltonstall's 
company removed to Milford. Connecticut, and 
the "free planters of the town" were enrolled 
November 30, 1639, but Joseph, not then being 
in the church following, appears in the list of 
names immediately after the free planters. The 
surname Northrop was spelled in the early 
records with the "u," with "rup," and some- 
times "roop," "rupp," and more often "rop," 
especially in latter days. January 9, 1642, 
Joseph united with the First Church, in Mil- 
ford. He married Mary, daughter of Francis 
Norton, who came to Milford from Wethers- 
field with the Rev. Peter Prudden and his 
party. He died September 11, 1669. His will 
was dated September i, 1669, and it men- 
tions of his children only Joseph. Samuel, 
Jeremiah and John. Codicil to his will says : 
"Aly mother shall have a living in my house as 
long as she lives" — perhaps meaning his wife's 
mother, Mrs. Norton. His wife survived him. 
and made her will January 24, 1683, and men- 
tions Joseph, Samuel, Jeremiah, Zophar, Dan- 
iel, \\'illiam and Mary, the last two being in 
their minority, also her mother, Mrs. Norton. 
The inventory of her estate is dated February 
28, 1683. Children, born in Milford : Joseph. 
July 17, 1649, mentioned below ; Samuel, Octo- 
ber 26, 1651 : Jeremiah, January 14. 1633; 

John, September 7, 1656; Zophar. June 21, 
1661 : Daniel, August 7, 1664; William, June 
2. 1666: Mary, January 6, 1670. 

(H) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) North- 
rop, was born July 17, 1649, baptized August 
9, 1649, at Milford. He was made freeman, 
Alay 12, 1670. He married Miriam Blakeman, 
daughter of James and ^Miriam JBlakeman. 
Miriam, wife of James Blakeman, was daugh- 
ter of Moses Wheeler, and was born 1657, 
died about 1789. James Blakeman was son of 
Rev. Aaron Blakeman, who was born in Strat- 
fordshire, England, in 1598, and entered Christ 
College, Oxford, May 28, 1617 ; came to Amer- 
ica, in 1638; to Stratford, Connecticut, in 
1639 ; died September, 1665 ; his widow Jane 
died 1674; she was said to be sister of Moses 
Wheeler. Moses Wheeler, father of ]\Iiriam, 
wife of James Blakeman, probably came with 
Eaton to New Haven in 1638, and his wife was 
Miriam, sister of Joseph Hawley. Joseph 
Northrop died June i, 1700, and was buried at 
Milford. His widow Miriam gave an adminis- 
tratrix's bond, dated November 13, 1700. She 
married (second) John Smith, and had chil- 
dren : Johanna, Josiah and Abigail. Children 
of Joseph Northrop, born at Milford: Joseph, 
baptized October 29, 1689; James, baptized 
January 15. 1(393, nientioned below; Moses, 
baptized i\Iarch 31, 1695; ]\Iiriam, baptized 
May 15, 1698. 

(HI) James, son of Joseph (2) Northrop, 
was baptized at ^lilford, January 15, 1693. 
He bought lands at Milford with his brothers, 
Joseph and Moses, in 171 5-21-27, and settled 
there. He also bought lands of Joseph Bene- 
dict, for sixty pounds, on Alarch 29, 17 14. He 
married (first) Hannah Hine, of Alilford, who 
died about 1737- He married (second) Lydia 
Mills, widow. Children by first wife: James, 
born November 9, 1719, mentioned below ; Na- 
than, May 30, 1721 ; Hannah, November 16, 
1623, died before 1731 ; Stephen, December 13, 
1725; Thomas. December 5, 1727; Hannah, 
August 20, 1729; Anna. Children by second 
wife: .Ambrose, April 30. 1740, died October 
7, 1743: John. November 28, 1743: Benjamin, 
October 26, 1747. 

(I\') James (2). son of James (i) North- 
rop, was born at Ridgefield, November 9. 1719. 
He married, January 13, 1742, Rachel, daugh- 
ter of Samuel Smith, of Norfolk. She was 
born iVIarch 27, 1723. His estate was distrib- 
uted July 26, 1784. Children, born at Ridge- 
field: James, January 22, 1744-43. died before 

NEW \i)liK. 

July 15, 1751: Samuel, March 5, 1746; Mat- 
thew, April 6. 1749; James. July 15, 1751 : Na- 
thaniel, July 15, 1751, twin of James; Rachel, 
January 28, 1754: Hannah, February 28, 1755 : 
Stephen, mentioned below. 

(V) Stephen, son of James (2) Northrop, 
was born at Ridgefield, January 22, 1759. He 
was a soldier in the revolution for one year 
and nine months. He removed to \'enice, 
Cayuga county. New York, and from there to 
Chardon, (ieauga county, Ohio, October 9, 
1827. He was a carpenter by trade. He died 
October 17, 1831, at Munson, Geauga county. 
He married ( first ) Betsey Murch ; ( second ) , 
about 1793, Deborah Robinson, who was born 
June 2, 1776, in Dutchess county, New York, 
and died October 4, 1844, in Munson, Ohio. 
Ciiildren by first wife: Stephen ; Hannah, mar- 
ried Edward Covey, and went to Orange, I'ort- 
age county, Ohio ; Ruth, married Peter Baker, 
and lived in Broome or Tioga county, New- 
York ; Nancy, married Niles Dean ( see Dean 
VH) ; Nathan, born February 22, 1791, in 
New London, Connecticut. Children by sec- 
ond wife: Amaziah, born April 8, 1795: Pru- 
dence, February 12, 1797, married and had 
children: Rachel, November 5, 1798; Lewis, 
March 5, 1801 ; Margaret, March 15, 1803; 
Deborah, November 3, i8ori, married, 1825, 
Nathan West, and died July 17, 1890, had 
children : Jane, Calvin, Alanson, Stephen. An- 
son, home near Chicago, Illinois : James, I-"cb- 
ruary 25, 1809. 

Among the representative fam- 
CORBETT ilies of Central New York, who 

for generations have taken a 
prominent part in the business world, is the 
Corbett family, the early ancestors of whom 
settled in Mendon, and later Milford, both of 
ALassachusetts, then the first settlers of New 
Milford, Pennsylvania, and finally the found- 
ers of Corbettsville, New York, represented in 
the present generation (1911) by Merritt J. 
Corbett, of Binghamton, New York, one of 
the largest manufacturers of chemicals in the 
United'States. The Corbetts settled in Massa- 
chusetts in the seventeenth century. They were 
Normans, descended from Roger Corbett, a 
military leader under William, the First, in the 
conquest of England. W'illiam, the eldest son 
of Roger, was seated at Wattsborough, wdiile 
his second son. Sir Roger Corbett, had for his 
inheritance the castle and estate of Cons. Rob- 
ert's son, also named Robert, accompanied 

Richard, the First, in the Third Crusade, A. D. 
1 191, to the siege of Acre, bearing on his coat- 
of-arms two ravens. Another Roger Corbett, 
in 1649, was one of the signers of Charles, the 
I""irst's death warrant, and was beheaded, with 
many others who had also signed this warrant, 
soon after Charles the Second, came to the 

( I ) Robert Corbett, ancestor of this family, 
was in Weymouth early, and fought bravely in 
King Philip's war, in 1675-76. Many of the 
Weymouth settlers became interested in land 
in Mendon and Woodstock, then in Massachu- 
setts, and Corbett was one of those who set- 
tled in Woodstock about 1700. He married, 
February 2T,, 1682, Priscilla, daughter of John 
Rockwood, of Mendon. Children: i. Dr. John, 
born December 7, 1683; settled in the north- 
west part of Bellingham ; married Mehitable 
Rockwood. 2. Joseph. 3. Daniel, mentioned 

(H) Daniel, son of Robert Corbett, was 
born in 1690, at Woodstock. He married, De- 
cember 14, 1717, Sarah, born 1694, daughter 
of Elder John and Sarah Jones. They lived 
first at Bellingham. where he was a member of 
the Congregational church. Afterwards he 
belonged to the Mendon church, joining in 
1744. In 1742-44 he exchanged farms with his 
brother-in-law, John Jones, and he removed to 
North Purchase, Mendon, where he had four 
hundred acres of land. He was elected elder 
of the churcli in 1749, and "was altogether an 
influential member of both civil and religious 
society." Children, born in Bellingham : Mercy, 
September 2, 1718; Daniel, July 8, 1720. men- 
tioned below; Sarah, May 4, 1722; Nathaniel, 
March 21, 1724: Bridget, February 25, 1726; 
Lois, December 24, 1727 ; Eunice, May 4, 1728; 
Priscilla, May 9, 1732: Alice, February 23, 
1733. Elder Daniel Corbett died in 1753, 
and his widow Sarah administered his estate. 
His widow afterward married John Sawin, of 
Watertown, October 9, 1755. 

(Ill) Deacon Daniel (2) Corbett, son of 
Elder Daniel ( I ) Corbett, was born July 8, 
1720. He married (intention dated November 
4, 1 741 ) Mary Holbrook. It is thought that 
they lived for a time in \\'rentham West Par- 
ish, now Franklin, Massachusetts, but the births 
of children are not recorded there. Deacon 
Daniel Corbett inherited and left a large estate, 
which appears to have been equital)ly distrib- 
uted, after his death, among his children. He 
and his wife were among the temporary "come- 

NHW \()RK. 


outers" from the Congregational church, dur- 
ing the pastorate of Rev. Mr. Frost, ami for a 
time were among the adherents of Rev. Samuel 
Hove}'. Daniel Corbett died in 1761. and his 
widow married. I-'ebruary 7. 1770, Lieutenant 
Josiah Chapin, whom she survived. She died 
November 7, 1809. Children: Kathaniel. born 
at Bellingham, May 20, 1742, married Lucy 
Thayer; Priscilla, November 16. 1743. Born 
at North Purchase, Mendon : Robert, mention- 
ed below; Daniel, October 22, 1746; Peter. 
.\ugust 2;^, 1748; Josei)li. May 3, 1750; F.ldad, 
March 3. 1752, married Hannah Stearns ; Mary, 
|ul\- 28, 1753, died young; Mary, November 
15, 1755, married Elisha White: Hepzibah. 
July 21, 1757, married, June 4, 1777, \\'illiam 
Legg; Beidah, October 9, 1759, married, Au- 
gust 19, 1778, Daniel Thayer; John, November 
22, 1761, married, .April 6, 1786, Lydia Cheney. 
(I\') Robert, son of Deacon Daniel (2) 
Corbett, was born at North Purchase, later 
called Mendon. February 10, 1745. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Daniels, of HoUiston, of an old 
.Sherburn family. .\])ril 5, 1769. She was born 
in 1751, died Se])tember 25. 1840. Robert 
Corbett settled in Mendon, anfl was a soldier 
in the revolution from Mendon, a private in 
Captain Ciershom .Nelson's company, on the 
[,exington alarm, .\])ril 19, 1773, to Cambridge 
and RoNbury, and also under the .same cai)tain, 
July II), 1776 (p. 995 and p. 999, "Mass. Rev. 
Rolls." iii). He was virtually the founder, 
and gave to the town of New Mil ford, Penn- 
sylvania, the name of his former home. Mil- 
ford, Massachusetts, formerly North Purchase 
of Mendon. In 1790 he and his family located 
on the ground in New Mil ford. Pennsvlvania, 
formerly occupied by a hunter named De\'aux. 
The history of New .Milford says he came 
from "near Boston," through the agency of 
Mr. Cooper, of Cooperstown, New York. In 
171)9 a road was laid out from Corbett's home 
to .Solomon Millard's house, in Nicholson, now 
Lenox. In 1801 Corbett was taxed as an inn- 
keejier. but must have left New Milford soon 
afterward, with his sons Sewell and Cooper, 
to locate at the mouth of Snake creek, now 
known as Corbettsville, New York, named for 
him and his family. His son Asaph remained 
in New Milford. and, in 1802. was an assessor 
there, in the W'illingborough district, and about 
this time he probably built the first frame 
house in New Milford, on land later part of 
the garden of Henry Burnett. The house was 
removed man\" vears aeo to the bank of the 

creek and seventy years later, when it was de- 
molished, the timbers were so sound that many 
of them were used in building the new house 
of Charles Ward. The old house was the 
temporary home of many of the early settlers. 
Asaph Corbett removed, about 1812, to the 
west shore of Seneca lake, near Watkin's 
Cilen, where he s]ient the remainder of his life. 
Robert Corbett died May (>, 1823. .After he 
went to Pennsylvania he sold land at Milford, 
Massachusetts, November 21. 1793, giving his 
then residence as Salt Lick, Luzerne coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania. Children, born at Milford: 
.\saph, born September 24, 1770, married, at 
llopkinton, Massacliusetts, in 1790, Matilda 
Reed; Ede, born August 28, 1771. married 
Hasper Daniell Hunt; Pruda, July 30, 1773, 
died -April 13. 1776; Puah, March 2, 1776, died 
March 28, following; Pruda, February 8, 1777: 
Ruby, married, March, 1794, Benjamin Hay- 
den, of New Milford, son of Samuel: Ruth, 
Jime i(), 1781, married Daniel Leach; Eve, July 
LS. 1783. married Captain Hezekiah Leach; 
Sewell. mentioned below; Cooper, born at New 
Milford, lived at Binghamton, New York, to 
a great age ; Warren. 

( V ) Sewell, son of Robert Corbett. was born 
at Milford, b>bruary 26, 1783. died February 
24, 1832. He was a farmer at Corbettsville, 
New York, and became active in other lines, 
owning and operating a gristmill and a saw- 
mill, a foundry, and conducting a general store. 
He was a prominent man in the community, 
living and dying on the homestead, where his 
father located in 1804. and on which the old 
house is still standing. He was a very large 
landholder, owning over eleven hundred acres 
of land, and at his death this was divided, and 
each of his children received a farm. .A man 
greatly beloved and highly respected by all. 
The home of Sewell Corbett, at Corbettsville, 
was the stopping place of all the itinerant 
ministers in the early days. They frec|uently 
preached and held religious services under his 
roof. He was also postmaster, and kept the 
pest office in his house for a number of years. 

He married, in 1822. Chloe Smith, who was 
born September 23, 1804. in Mount Pleasant. 
F^ennsylvania. Children: i. Julia Ann, born 
January 13, 1824. 2. .Amanda Jane, .April 17. 
1826. 3. Ruby Cornelia, November i, 1828: 
married, January 31, 1834, John C. Fish, Esq., 
lawyer of Great Bend, Pemisylvania ; died 
September 2. i88r). 4. Julius Smith, mentioned 
below. 3. Julia .Ann Elizabeth, .Vugust 26, 1833 ; 



married, November 26, 1853, Dr. Alerritt H. C. 
Vail. 6. Amanda Jane, July 8, 1838; married, 
April 12, 1859, John Bayless. 7. Sarah, born 
September 6, 1842, died same day. 8. Sewell 
Frank, born September 26, 1843, died April 
II, 1845. 9. Myrtis Chloe, born January 31, 
1848; married, July 18, 1875, Marcus W. 
Scott, superintendent of Binghamton (New 
York) schools seventy-three years, a great 
teacher antl educator; died Alay 9, 1891. 

(VI) Julius Smith, son of Sewell Corbett, 
was born November 22, 1831. in Corbettsville. 
fie was educated at the Binghamton Academy, 
and later at Homer, and as a young man be- 
came associated with his father, and after the 
latter's death he changed the foundry to a tan- 
nery, and conducted this for a time. He then 
sold it to Friend H. Burt, of Boston. He also 
operated the gristmill and the sawmill, cutting 
most of the timber from the large tracts of 
land left by his father, and also purchased 
other timber lands. This he continued to 1881, 
then sold the mill, and, in 1883, came to Bing- 
hamton. Some time after selling the mill 
he became interested, with John Emmons, \ . 
Mandville and Mr. Nitckee, in the chemical 
business. They built the first plant at Livings- 
ton Manor, the first plant of the kind in the 
country. Later he started the building of a 
plant at Rockland, New York, but his health 
failed and his son completed it and then dis- 
posed of it. After recovering his health he 
purchased a ]-ilant at Sherman and operated it, 
also had an interest with his son, and this con- 
tinued up to the time of his death. The Liv- 
ingston Manor plant is still operated by his 
son, who later, with Mr. Stuart, purchased the 
plant at Sherman, both of which they still own. 
Mr. Corbett took a great interest in the temper- 
ance cause, and at a meeting of the town, of 
which he was chairman, a vote was taken by 
the citizens of the town on the question of 
license or no license. It was a tie vote, and he, 
as chairman, cast the deciding vote against 
license, and this has since been the policy of 
the town. 

For many years he represented the town of 
Conklin in the board of supervisors, and, al- 
though a staunch Republican, he was several 
times the candidate of both Democratic and 
Republican parties. He was an active member 
of the Presbyterian church, at Conklin, which 
he supported liberally, but after coming to Bing- 
hamton, at the earnest solicitation of Dr. Holly, 
pastor of the First Congregational Church, he 

became an active member of that church. He 
was a fine example of a good, honest, upright, 
prosperous citizen. His business ventures have 
been of a nature that tended to the welfare 
and prosperity of numerous homes, and the 
happiness, of which he was indirectly author, 
was great. He was essentially a man of honor, 
and the integrity of his nature and the upright- 
ness of his character were ever visible in his 
business and social relations. Kind, manly and 
true hearted, Mr. Corbett was always an ex- 
ample for good among his associates, and the 
beneficent mfluence of his life and the im- 
pressions his sterling character have made 
upon men will not soon fade away. 

His death occurred March 7, 1899, at his 
home, No. 82 Chestnut street, Binghamton, 
and removed from that city one of its most 
prosperous and influential citizens. 

Mr. Corbett was of a nature so modest and 
unobtrusive that men accepted him for what 
he was, and came to reckon with him as a 
fixed and stable quantity. His death brought 
his personality and his life record into bold 
relief, bringing vividly before the mind of 
every one who ever had any dealings with him 
the picture of a character that might well 
awaken enthusiasm and an example well worthy 
of emulation. It is a satisfaction to contem- 
plate a personality so thoroughly wholesome, 
upright and four-square in its substantial out- 
lines as that of this quiet Christian gentleman. 
The keynote of Mr. Corbett's character was 
honesty and a scrupulous regard for every ob- 
ligation. He came of a family in which the 
sense of duty was very strong. "Full measure, 
pressed down and. running over," was the law 
of his business dealings. He would rather pay 
a man more than was due him than run any 
chance of paying less. He usually planned to 
meet his obligations before they were due. A 
large employer of labor, he was universally 
respected and beloved by those who worked 
for him. He keenly appreciated the situation 
of the working man, and of those less for- 
tunately situatea, to whom life is an anxious 
struggle for daily bread, and he felt it a ])art 
of his Christian obligation to deal generously 
with all such. Many was the debt that was 
never collected ; many the tenant, hard pressed, 
who found a month's rent generously remitted 
by his landlord. 

Mr. Corbett was a hearty and unquestioning 
believer in Christianity. He found in it the 
law of right living here and of hope for the 

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hereafter. Earl}' in life he took his stand as a 
Christian, and the qnahty of his faith was testi- 
fied by his works. He was a man who ajipre- 
ciated the value of the great conservative insti- 
tutions of human society, the family, the state, 
the church. In his relationship to his church, 
to his political party, and to his business asso- 
ciates, he was ever found loyal and steadfast. 
Mr. Corbett married, October 14, 1858, Emma 
Ruth, born near Chenanfo, Tioga county, New 
York, daughter of Rev. J. M. (irimes, a Meth- 
odist minister, member of the Wyoming Con- 
ference, and Rachel Candficld ( Taylor ) Grimes. 
John M. Grimes, a member of Wyoming Con- 
ference, was born in the town of Candor, Tioga 
county. New York, November 19, i8r2, died 
at his home, near Flemingville, .New York, 
October 16, 1891. His parents were members 
of the Presbyterian church, and after prayer- 
ful study of various church creeds and the word 
of God he became a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, at hdemingville. New York, 
at about twenty. The pastor, John Griffin, 
gave him license to exhort, April 10, 1837. He 
received license to preach from George Her- 
man, presiding elder, November 19, 1839. So 
clear was his call to the ministry that the Quar- 
terly Conference, held at Flemingville. July 13, 
[844, recommended him to Oneida Conference, 
and also for deacon's orders, into which con- 
ference he was received on probation in Au- 
gust, and ordained deacon, by Bisho]) Ilamline, 
August 2^. 1844. John M. Grimes luarried 
Rachel C. Taylor, March 22, 1838. Her natural 
ability and scholarly attainments, united with 
her strong faith and clear Christian experience. 
(|ualified her to speak words of wisdom in 
])rivate. and in i)ublic her prayers and testi- 
uKinv were always a power for good. Reverend 
Grimes was a minister fifty-two years, and a 
member of conference for forty-seven years, 
and never failed to be present at its regular 
sessions. For twenty-seven years he received 
regular appointments and always entered cheer- 
fully upon his work. He served seventeen 
charges, and his labors were blessed in the 
salvation of souls and the sanctification of be- 
lievers. During his ministry he led two tlniu- 
sand souls to Christ. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Corbett, born at Corbettsville : i. Nettie 
Eloise. ]\Iarch 15. i860, died May 13, kX)" : 
married, February 28, 1883, John L. Stuart; 
children: Charlotte E., born October 4, 1885: 
Merritt C. born October 27. 1887 ; John Leon- 
ard, October 2^, 1892. 2. Julia .Mice, Novem- 

ber 12, 1861 : married, September 26, 1883, 
Melvin C. Craver ; children: George C, born 
Alay 2, 1889; Emma Ruth, April 4, 1891 ; 
Helen Louise, June 16, 1892. 3. Merritt J., 
mentioned below. 

( \'n ) Merritt J., son of Julius Smith Cor- 
bett, was born on the old homestead, at Cor- 
bettsville, New York, ]\Iay 3, 1865. He at- 
tended the public schools of Corbettsville, New 
York, and the high school of Binghamton, 
New York. For a time he was bookkeeper 
for the firm of Anderson & Gregg, shoe dealers, 
and afterward in a similar capacity for the 
Merchants' liank, of liinghamton, for four 
years. In 1885 he became associated with his 
father, as a ]iartiur in the manufacture of 
acids. This contiiuied for about three months, 
when the partnership was dissolved, and Mer- 
ritt J. continued the business alone. After a 
short time he admitted his brother-in-law, and 
the firm became Corbett &• Stuart. Mr. Corbett 
being the secretary and treasurer. They built 
their first jilant at Harvard, New York, in 
1887, and their second, in 1890, at East Branch, 
New York, and, in 1892, a third plant at Trout 
Brook, New York, and later they purchased a 
plant at Sherman, Pennsylvania, and also one 
at Livingston Manor, New York, and, in 1898, 
they built their largest plant at St. Mary's, 
Pennsylvania, operating in all six plants. Of the 
above ]ilants the first five are o]ierated by Cor- 
bett & Stuart, and the last plant, at St. Mary's, 
is ojierated Ijy M. J. Cnrbett & Company. 
Julius S. Corbett, father of M. J. Corbett, was 
for many years a stockholder in this concern. 

In addition to this business, which Merritt J. 
Corbett has built up to its enormous propor- 
tions, he has always taken an active part and 
interest in ]")ublic affairs in Binghamton. In 
1907 he was appointed, by Governor Hughes, 
one of the board of managers of the Bingham- 
ton State Insane Asylum, to fill an unexpired 
term of two years, and at the expiration of this 
term, in 1909, he was reapjiointed by the gov- 
ernor for the full term of six years, to serve 
until 191 5. He has been a director of the 
First National Bank since 1904; secretary of 
"The Boys' Club" ; member of the Chemist 
Club, of New York ; one of the organizers of 
the Binghamton Country Club, on the board 
of managers ten years and treasurer a number 
of years ; member of Binghamton Press Club ; 
one of the members of the executive committee 
and on the board of directors of the Manu- 
facturers' Cliemical Company, of Bradford, 


I'ennsylvania ; president of the Binghamton 
Cold Storage Company ; vice-president of the 
Broome County Reahy Company ; director of 
the Acrum Gypsum Company; director of the 
Yorktown Chemical Company, and a member 
of the Lenape T'ishing Club. He was for sev- 
eral years president of the Young Men's Chris- 
tian Association, of Binghamton, and under 
his direction the present magnificent new build- 
ing was erected. He is a trustee of the First 
Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Re- 

i\Ir. Corbett married, April 30, 1890, Julia 
Morgan, born July 24, 1867, daughter of Closes 
and Sarah A. Morgan. Thev have no children. 

Robert Ashley, immigrant an- 
ASHLEY cestor, is first mentioned as a 

resident of Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, on January 13, 1638-39, when there 
was a rating of forty pounds agreed upon to 
meet a portion of the expense of the minister's 
residence and maintenance. At this time Rob- 
ert Ashley gave the sum of one pound sixteen 
shillings, the fifth in amount on the list. The 
first allotment of land that he received was on 
January 5, 1640-41, when he had lot No. 3, of 
eight rods, he being unmarried, situated be- 
tween Widow Searle and John Dibble. The 
next important record of him is .\ugust 7, 
1641, when Air. Pynchon, founder of Spring- 
field, announced on this record the marriage 
of Robert Ashley and Widow Horton, which 
was to take place soon. At that time she gave 
over all her property to him, providing that he 
cared for her two sons. He married, 1641, 
Mary, widow of Thomas Horton, of Spring- 
field. The home lots of the inhabitants were 
laid out on the west side of what is now Main 
street, extending to the Connecticut river, while 
on the east side of Main street was the "wet 
meadow," which was allotted to each inhabit- 
ant in the same width, opposite his home lot, 
and running forty rods to the foot of the hill. 
Adjoining the "wet meadow," on the eastern 
end, was also given a wood lot, eighty rods in 
length and eight rods wide. Robert Ashley's 
lot was on what is now the northwest corner 
of Main and State streets, and extended to 
the river. There were only four other inhabit- 
ants who owned more land than he did at this 
time, and, in 1647, he was ta.xed on fifty-one 
acres. In 1646 he was licensed to keep the 
ordinary, and, January 22, 1651-52, he received 
a grant of land on Mill river, on condition that 

he do so. Un June 27, 1655, he was forbidden 
to sell "eyther wine or strong waters to Eng- 
lish or Indians." He probably resigned his posi- 
tion as keeper of the ordinary in the fall of 

1660, for, December 31, 1660, Samuel Marsh- 
field was appointed to keep it. By this time 
Robert .Ashley owned much land on the west 
side of the Connecticut river, and his house 
lot there had been granted him in February. 

1661, "provided that he build and dwell there." 
He probably built soon after this, and he lived 
there the remaining twenty years of his life. 

He was often called to serve as juryman, 
his first appearance being January 2, 1639-40, 
when he was on the jury that tried Mr. Moxon's 
slander suit against John Woodcock. He also 
served on the juries at Springfield, February 
13, 1639-40, Alarch I, 1654, and those in the 
month of Se];)tember, in 1661-62-64-67-70. He 
and Miles Alorgan were chosen for overseers 
of the fences of the house lots, November 3, 
i')46. He and \\ illiam Warriner were chosen 
overseers of fences for the fields in the upper 
part of the town, November 5, 1650. He was 
chosen surveyor of highways, with Nathaniel 
Bliss, November 4, 165 1, and was again chosen 
to this oiifice in 1652 and 1657. In 1653, at the 
reorganization of the town by the younger 
men, he was chosen one of the five selectmen, 
and was reelected annually until 1659, and in 
1660-62-65 ; being first selectman in 1657. In 
1655 he, with two others, refused to serve, and 
were fined twenty shillings apiece. He took 
the oath of fidelity March 23, 1655-56. On 
February 7, 1659, he was chosen town con- 
stable, and. March 5. 1659, sealer of weights 
and measures, being reelected to the latter office 
the next year. In April, 1665 he, with several 
others, was fined for being absent from town 
ineeting. On March 30, 1669, he was freed 
from military training on petition. In Feb- 
ruary. 1653. he received three shillings as pay- 
ment "for the use of his mare for the use of 
the church." He was on the firsit seating com- 
mittee of the church, December 23, 1659, and 
sat in the first seat. In 1663 he was again on 
the seating committee. He took the oath of 
allegiance, with the other inhabitants of Spring- 
field, December 31, 1678. He died in West 
Springfield. November 29, 1683, and his wife 
died there, September 19, 1683. She and his 
son Joseph were made administrators of his 
estate, and he mentioned in his will, made 
October 9, 1679, his sons Jonathan, Joseph, 
David, wife Mary, grandson John, child of 

^•E\^' YORK. 


son David, and John Root. Children, born in 
Springfield: David (twin), June 3, 1642, men- 
tioned below: daughter (twin), June 3, 1642, 
died soon after ; Mary. April 6, 1644 : Jonathan, 
February 25, 1645-46; Sarah, August 2^, 1648, 
probably died young, as she is not mentioned 
in her father's will of 1679: Joseph, July A, 

( II ) David, son of Robert Ashley, was born 
in Springfield, June 3, 1642, died December 8, 
1718, ill W'estfield. Massachusetts. He mar- 
ried, November 24, 1663, Hannah, daughter 
of Henry and Helena Glover, born May, 1646, 
Xew Haven : dietl June 7. 1722, W'estfield. He 
settled in Springfield, and lived there until he 
iiad been married three years. He received a 
grant of land at W'oronoco, now W'estfield, 
February 8, 1663-64, on condition that he and 
the other grantees "pay the Indians for their 
purchase within three years and that they go 
there to dwell.'' His father had also a grant 
of land there in 1661, the title of which was 
eventually confirmed on David. The latter 
was one of the original grantees on the Fort 
Side (Main .street), July 6, i66f), and probably 
removed his family there in the spring of 1667. 
.March, i6()8. a division of land was made into 
three parts, and lots cast for it, and his lands 
fell in the first division. He and Joseph Whit- 
ing received Sacketts creek, in March, i6fK). 
"to set a mill thereon and grind ct)rn." During 
King Philip's war he was one of a committee 
of three, appointed to convey to the govern- 
ment, at P)Oston, the protest of the town against 
a letter, dated March 20, 1676, which advised 
the inhabitants to abandon W'estfield and re- 
treat to Springfield for ])rotection against the 
Indians. He was granted, with three others, 
liberty to erect a sawmill on the brook, on the 
northeast side of the river. Towards the close 
of Queen Anne's war, June 9. 1712, his was 
one of the houses chosen for a fort. He hekl 
a number of responsible offices: juror. 1665: 
selectman, i676-77-79-85-g4-ij9 : clerk of the 
writs, 1678-86-90: treasurer, 1694. He perform- 
ed the duties of these offices in a manner satis- 
factor)- to the town and was a highly respected 
citizen. He united with the W'estfield church. 
January i, 1679-80, and took the freeman's 
oath, September 28, 1680. Roth he and his 
wife were buried in the old W'estfield cemetery, 
where their gravestones may still be seen. Chil- 
dren, the first two born in Springfield, the 
others in W'estfield: Samuel, October 26, 1664. 
mentioned below; David, March 10, 1666-67; 

John, June 2J. 1669; Joseph, July 31, 1671 ; 
Sarah, September 10, 1673; Mary (twin), De- 
cember 26, 1675. died July 19, 1676; Hannah 
(twin), December 26, 1675; Jonathan, June 
21, 1678; .Abigail, April 2y. 1681 ; Mary, March 
3, 1682-83: Rebecca, May 30, 1685. 

(HI) Samuel, son of David Ashley, was 
born in Springfield, October 26, 1664, died in 
W'estfield, 1722. He married, .April 2~. 1686, 
in I ladle}-, ^lassachusetts, Sarah, daughter of 
Lieutenant Joseph and Joanna Kellogg, born 
August 2/. 1666, in Hadley : died January 30, 
1729, in W'estfield. He settled in the latter 
town, where he was a carpenter by trade. He 
was also engaged in farming, and kept the inn 
at W^estfiekl for a number of years. He was 
a considerable landowner, and had a quarter 
interest in a gristmill at Two Mile Brook, in 
com]3any with his brother, Deacon David Ash- 
ley, and Lieutenant James Dewey. During 
Oucen .Anne's war. June 9. 171 2, three houses 
in the town were selected "to be forted," as a 
protection against the Indians, and his was one 
of the three. In 1719 he sold to his brother 
David half the home lot which had belonged 
to their father, and his name appears on a large 
number of deeds of land during his residence 
in W'estfield. He held a large number of town 
offices: tythingman, 1697-98 antl 1703; select- 
man, 1703-04-20: in 1700 he was chosen, with 
iiis brother David and two others, a committee 
to build the schoolhouse, and, in 17CK), was 
elected constable, but refused to serve. March 
8, 1713-14. he was appointed one of a com- 
mittee to settle the bounds between W'estfield 
and Springfield. He united with the church, 
April 15. 1 714. and was an active member. He 
was ai^pointed on the committee to build a 
new meeting-house, in 1719. and on its com- 
pletion was chosen on the seating committee, 
1721. His services in the church were con- 
sidered worthy of a special vote of the town 
after his death. Children, born in W'estfield: 
Marv, March 6. 1687. died in infancy; Samuel, 
November 3, 1688: Daniel, September 7, 1691, 
mentioned below: Sarah. September 11. 1693, 
died in infancy: Rachel. February 14, i<595; 
Jactib, September 24, 1697; Joanna, February 
6, 1699: Ezekiel, April 2j. 1701 ; Aaron. Janu- 
ary 1, 1702-03; Abigail. May 27,. 1708: Joseph. 
October 11. 1709. 

(I\') Daniel, son of Samuel .Ashley, was 
born .September 7, i6gi, in W'estfield; died in 
1726, before November 4, when his inventory 
was taken. He married (intentions published 



November 15, 1718), in W'estfield, Thankful 
(Hawks) Taylor, widow of Thomas Taylor, 
and daughter of Deacon Eleazer and Judith 
( Smead ) Hawks, born in Deerfield, 1690. She 
married (third), March 6, 1728-29, Colonel 
\\'illiam Symes, of Northtield, I\Iassachusetts. 
He settled in Westfield, and was one of the 
original proprietors of the Lower Township, 
now Shefifield, on the Housatonic river. There 
is no evidence, however, that he ever removed 
there. He was appointed from Deerfield to 
attend the delegates from the Five Nations, 
wdio came to Albany in the summer of 1723. 
and were thence conducted to Boston to hold 
conference with the English commissioners. 
He was a farmer by occupation. Children, 
born in Westfield : Samuel, March 20, 1720, 
mentioned below: Martin, September 17, 1724. 
(V) Colonel Samuel (2)- Ashley, son of 
Daniel Ashley, was born March 20, 1720, in 
Westfield: died February 18, 1792, in Clare- 
mont. New Hampshire. He married, 1742, in 
Northfield, Eunice, daughter of Rev. Benja- 
min and Lydia (Todd) Doolittle, born July 
24, 1724, in Northfield; died in 1807, in Clare- 
mont. He spent his youth in Northfield and 
settled there after his marriage, in 1742. He 
had been an original grantee of the town of 
Winchester, New Hampshire, under the Massa- 
chusetts charter, and, in 1753, when by the 
settlement of the boundary between the former 
state and Massachusetts that town became a 
part of New Hampshire, he settled there, and 
became one of the first selectmen. He was 
one of the "Hinsdale petitioners," .August 29, 
1753, and also a petitioner and grantee of the 
towns of ^\'indsor, \'ermont. in 1761 : Shrews- 
bury, A'ermont, 1763, and Claremont, New 
Hampshire, 1784. In 1781, in the Vermont 
controversy, a contention in which New York 
claimed jurisdiction over the former state. Colo- 
nel Ashley, with ten others, protested against 
the proceedings of the convention, and bv 
united and determined action prevented civil 
feud. About this time he removed to Clare- 
mont, which had been granted to him, and 
sixty-eight others. October 26, 1764. and was 
chosen first moderator. He and members of 
his family at this date, 1784, possessed twenty- 
two of the seventy-five shares into which the 
town had been originally divided. At a meet- 
ing of the proprietors. May 26, 1784, these 
shares were laid out into one tract, and the 
dividing line named "Ashley's Lane." The 

land thus acquired was controlled independently 
from the other town proprietors. 

Colonel Ashley had a long and brilliant mili- 
tary service, from the French and Indian wars, 
through the revolution. He served at Fort 
Dummer, under Captain Josiah Kellogg, from 
August 7 to November 20, 1740, enlisted the 
following day in Captain Josiah Willard's com- 
pany, for duty at the same place, and was dis- 
charged, ]\Iarch 4, 1741-42. He served also 
in Captain ^^'illard"s company, from May 25 
to November 21, 1742, -and from February 12, 
1748, to June 7, 1749. At the outbreak of the 
revolution he was a delegate to the provincial 
government, as representative from W'inches- 
ter, and was at the session. May 10, 1774, at 
Portsmouth, at which a committee of corre- 
spondence was appointed for the purpose of 
exchanging information with similar commit- 
tees from other colonies. He was also a dele- 
gate to the convention held at E.xeter, July 21, 
1774, which appointed representatives to the 
first continental congress, at Philadelphia, and 
also to those held there January 5 and April 
21. 1775- May 17, 1775. at the meeting of an- 
other convention, which styled itself the first 
provisional congress, the famous committee of 
safety was appointed, and at another session, 
held that same day, four more members were 
added to the latter committee, among whom 
Colonel .Ashley was one. He was in continual 
attendance from June 14th to June 29th. He 
acted as mustering officer from the last date to 
October 31, 1775, and was commissioned colo- 
nel, August 24, of the first part of the regi- 
ment, formerly commanded by Colonel Josiah 
Willard. From October 31st to November 
i6th he was again a constant attendant on the 
committee. He was elected a member of the 
council of eight, January 5, 1776, and served 
on that body until 1780. He was appointed 
first justice of the inferior court of common 
pleas, of Cheshire county, January 10, 1776, 
and, June 26th, the house voted to appoint a 
committee to consider a petition of Colonel 
Ashley, and others, for a company of "Rang- 
ers." They voted to raise four companies, of 
fifty men each, to guard the western frontier, 
and Colonel Ashley was to enlist one of these 
companies, muster and pay the men. The 
following July he was appointed to muster 
men for the reenforcement of the army in 
Canada. He marched his regiment to Ticon- 
deroga, October 21, 177(1, to reenforce the 



army there, and returned on November i6tli. 
He marched again to Ticonderoga, on May 7, 
1/77' with one hundred and nine men, and 
served until June i8th, when he was dis- 
charged. He reenhsted, on June 29th, and was 
present at the evacuation of Ticonderoga. He 
was discharged July nth, but volunteered for 
General Stark's staff, in the regiment which 
was then being raised to check Rurgoyne's ad- 
vance, and was present at the battle of Ben- 
nington. He continued in the service under 
General Gates, at Saratoga, until Burgoyne's 
surrender, and held command of his regiment, 
the Thirteenth, afterwards the Sixth, New- 
Hampshire, until he resigned, June 18, 1779. 
March 24, 1779, he had been chosen a repre- 
sentative to the continental congress, but de- 
clined. He continued a highly respected citi- 
zen of Claremont until his death. Children, 
the births of the first four recorded in North- 
field, and those of all of them in Winchester: 
Oliver, October 20, 1743; Tir/.ah, December 
24, 1745; Samuel, September 29, 1747, men- 
tioned below: Thankful, November 10, 1749: 
Eunice, December 17, 1751 ; Daniel. January 
15, 1754: Luther, April 27, 1762, died in 
infancy: Luther, August 19, I7'')4: Susannah, 
December 16, 1766. 

(VI) Colonel Samuel (3) .Ashley, son of 
Colonel Samuel (2 ) Ashley, was born in North- 
field, September 29, 1747; died October, 1820, 
in .S]iringville. I'ennsylvania. He settled in 
Claremont. where he lived on what is now- 
known as the Charles Ainsworth farm. In the 
spring of 1818 he removed to Springville, and 
remained there until his death. He served in 
the revolution, was appointed first lieutenant 
of the Claremont company. Colonel Benjamin 
Bellows' regiment, .Sixteenth New Hampshire, 
served from C)ctober 21st to November i6th, 
1776. During this time and the Saratoga cam- 
paign he acted as adjutant, on Colonel Bel- 
lows' staft". His company had also served at 
Ticonderoga until the evacuation, and were 
discharged July 8, 1777. He served in Lieu- 
tenant Jeremiah Spencer's scouting party, of 
twenty-four men. .August. 1780, which went in 
pursuit of the enemy who had made a raid on 
Claremont and surrounding towns. About this 
time Lieutenant Ashley was made captain of 
the New Hampshire line. After the close of 
the war he continued to take an active part in 
military afi^airs. He was appointed lieuten- 
ant-colonel of the Fifteenth New Hampshire 

Militia Regiment, December 2^, 1784. and its 
colonel, September 23. 178^). 

He married, August 9, 1770, in Northfield. 
his cousin Lydia, daughter of Lucius and 
Sarah ( Smith) Doolittle, born December, 1753, 
in Northfield. Children, born in Claremont: 
Content, 1771; Samuel, 1773; Solomon Will- 
ard, 1774: Sarah, 1776; Lydia, November 22, 
I77<>: Charles, 1782, mentioned below: Har- 
mony, January, 1784, died September 25. 1784 ; 
Friendly, 1786, died in infancy; Olive, 1788: 
Cynthia, August 8, 1791 ; Susannah, 1793. 

(VII) Charles, son of Colonel Samuel (3) 
Ashley, was born at Claremont. New Hamp- 
shire, in 1782: died March 30, 1848, in Water- 
loo. Wisconsin. He married, about 1802, at 
Claremont. Roccena, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Rachel ( Gould ) Goss. She was born 
February 11, 1784, in Claremont: died Novem- 
ber 9, 1 861, in Waterloo. Ashley took the 
oath of allegiance at Le.xington, X'ermont. in 
1796, probably at the first town meeting. He 
removed to Danville. \'erniont, where he lived 
until 181 1, when he returned to Claremont. 
In 1818 he went to Springville. .Susc|Uehanna 
county, Pennsylvania, and afterward to Water- 
loo, (jrant count}', Wisconsin. He was a farmer 
and held numerous town offices. Children : 
Nathaniel, born 1803, died 1840: L\(lia, b(irn 

June 25, 1805, married (first), in 1825. 

Tucker, and (second), in September, 1831. 
Daniel Raymond Burt: Charles, mentioned 
below: Roccena, 1809. married, in 1834, Jere- 
miah Dodge: Oliver, born January 2, 181 1, 
died May 12, 1839, married, January, 1833, 
Catherine Ainsworth: Samuel, June 18. 1813, 
married. October 24, 1843, Sarah Ann Chaft'ee : 
Lucius, born May 7, 1815, died February 15, 
1873, married. January 29. 1S43, Caroline Bid- 
die: Caroline Jones, born April 10. 1817, mar- 
ried, .April r, 1838. James I. Blakeslee : Will- 
iam Drinker. Iiorn May 5. 1819. died July 11, 
1890. married. January 4, 1853, Angeline Jack- 
son ; Rachel Matilda, born July 4, 1822, mar- 
ried, in 1843. Jeremiah E. Dodge. 

(\'HI) Charles (2), son oi Charles (1) 
Ashley, was born July 2, 1807, in Danville, 
A'ermont : died October 9. 1863. in .Stockton. 
California. He married (first ), Alarch 6, 1831. 
in Springville, Pennsylvania. Hannah Blakes- 
lee, born May i, 1805, in Springville: who. 
while crossing the plains on the way to Cali- 
fornia, in company with her husband, was 
taken sick near Fort Laramie, on the Piatt 



river, and died there, June 4. 1852. He mar- 
ried (second), April 29, 1855, in Stockton, 
Margaret Curry, who died September 14, 18^5. 
Charles Ashley came with his father to Spring- 
ville, when a cliild. and he lived there until 
1834. He removed, in 183ft, to Mauch Chunk, 
Pennsylvania, thence to Rockport, Pennsyl- 
vania, and, in 1838, to Reading, Pennsylvania, 
where he remained for about a year. In the 
following summer he located at \\'aterloo, Wis- 
consin, with others of the family, and spent 
nearly ten years there. In 1852 he located at 
Stockton, California, where he lived the re- 
mainder of his life. For a number of years 
he conducted a livery stable. After moving to 
California he gave his attention to farming 
and stock raising. Children: Roccena, born 
December 29, 1834, died March 5. 1839: Sarah 
Catherine, August 28.. 1837, married, Septem- 
ber 21, 1855, John E. McKenzie : Edwin Lucius, 
born October 15, 1840. married. March 29, 1866, 
Emma Robinson Brannack ; Charles Albert, 
born March 2, 1843, married, April i, 1866, 
Louise Jahont : Robert Asa, mentioned below. 
(IX) Robert Asa, son of Charles (2) Ash- 
ley, was born June 21, 1846, in a district called 
Bee Town, Wisconsin. He married, Octuber 
18, 1876, in ]\Iauch Chunk, Lida Rosina \'anne- 
man, born April 12, 1849, i" Auburn, Pennsyl- 
vania, daughter of Isaac Dana and Wealthy 
Zyprali ( Bennett") ^'anneman. In 1852 he 
went with his father's family to Stockton, Cali- 
fornia, anfl, in 1870, came eastward and located 
at Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. .\ year later 
he went to Delano, Pennsylvania, where he 
was clerk in the store of his uncle, James I. 
P.lakeslec. In 1873 he was appointed station 
agent of the Lehigh \'alley Railroad Company, 
at Delano, but he also continued in the store. 
In November, 1878, he removed to Slattington, 
Pennsylvania, and thence to Binghamton, New 
York, where, from June, 1879, to April, 1886, 
he conducted a retail grocery store. During 
the next two vears he was in the employ of 
the Crandall Typewriter Company, and since 
then (1890) he has been contracting freight 
agent of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. 
He is a member of the Free and Accepted 
Masons, Binghamton Lodge, No. 177; Im- 
proved C)rfler of Red Men, Annawana Tribe, 
No. 41, having formerly been a charter mem- 
ber of the Wanasetta Tribe, but upon the 
organization of the Annawana Tribe he be- 
came a charter member of this and has passed 
all the chairs of this lodge: member of the 

Binghamton Club, and with his family attends 
Christ Episcopal Church. 

Children: i. Charles Asa. born November 7, 
1878, died January 21 , 1880. 2. Douglas \'anne- 
man, born May 23, 1881 : graduate of Princeton 
College, later the New York Law School, and 
now practicing his profession in Binghamton, 
New York, being a partner of Judge Olstead, 
of that city; he married, July 28, 1909, Eliza- 
beth R. Stone, of Binghamton, New York. 

(The Blakeslee Line). 

(I) Samuel Blakeslee, the ancestor of this 
family, came from England to this country 
with his brother John about 1636. From Bos- 
ton he came first to Guilford, Connecticut, and 
afterward to New Haven, where he married, 
December 3, 1650, Hannah Porter. He died 
in 1678. The following account of him is 
taken from the notes of a descendant. Captain 
Sanniel Blakeslee, who had the facts from his 
father and other older men: "In the early set- 
tlement of America there was two brothers by 
the name of Samuel and John Blakeslee, both 
blacksmiths by occupation, left England with 
their anvil, vises, hammers, tongs and other 
necessary tools fitted to their occupation, and 
landerl at Boston, Massachusetts, and purchased 
what was and is since called Boston Neck, a 
poor barren strip of land which joins the penin- 
sula to the mainland upon which Boston is 
located ; here they lived for a few years with 
their families, following their trade of black- 
smithing. But the then village of Boston was 
poor and the narrow neck which they had pur- 
chased was incapable of affording much for 
the subsi.stence of their families. These two 
brothers, being stout,' robust, enterprising men, 
agreed to seek their fortunes elsewhere. With 
their families, they left Boston and proceeded 
by the seashore to New Haven, in Connecticut. 
They did not dispose of their land in Boston 
Neck : time passes and they died, and it was 
never disposed of. Samuel Ixiught land in 
New Haven and settled with his family, but 
his brother John went to the western part of 
the state to what is now Woodbury or Rox- 
bury." Children of Samuel: John, born 1651. 
Born at Guilford: Mary. November 2. 1659. 
I'lorn at New Haven : Ebenezer, mentioned 
below : Hannah, May 22, 1666 : Jonathan, March 
3. 1668, died young; Jonathan, .-\pril. 1672. 
died voung. 

(II) Ebenezer. son of Samuel Blakeslee. 
was born July 17. 1664, in New Haven, and 



was one of the earliest settlers of North Haven. 
In his house the Presbyterians held religious 
services until a church was established, and 
later the Episcopalians also held services in his 
mansion. He married Hannah Lupton. Chil- 
dren, born at North Haven : Ebenezer and 
Hannah, twins, born February 4, 1685 ; Sus- 
annah, May 21, 1689: Grace, January i, if)93- 
94; Abraham, December 15, 1695, mentioned 
below: Samuel, 1697; Thomas, 1700; Isaac, 
July 21, 1703. 

(III) Abraham, son of Ebenezer lUakeslec, 
was born in North Haven, December 15, 1A95. 
He married, March 15, 1721-22, Elizabeth 
Cooper, born February 18, 1694. daughter of 
John Cooper, of New Haven. He died March 
6, 1759: his wife, January 2, 1776. His will 
was dated .Vpril, 1759, and proved in the same 
month. Chililren: John, born February 2, 
1724-25; .\braham. October 22, 1727; Zophar, 
mentioned, below ; Stephen, September 24. 1732: 
Jude, March 31, 1735; Joel, December 11, 
1737, died young; Joel, June 30, 1739. 

(IV) Zophar, son of .\braham lUakeslee, 
was born .April 21, 1730, and his estate was 
administered in 1798. 

(\') Zophar (2), son of Zoj^har ( i ) Blakes- 
lee, married (first) Clarinda Whitmore, and 
(second) Lucinda Taylor. Children by first 
wife: I. Sarah, married Judge .\sa Packer, and 
had : Lucy : Marion ; Mary, married Charles 
Cunimings ; Robert, and Harry Packer. 2. .\ 

daughter, married Melvin, and had 

Gertrude, Derwin. 3. Clarinda, married Will- 
iam Baker, and had a son, Charles Baker. 4. 
Hannah, married Charles Ashley (see Ashley 
XIH). By second wife: 5. Wallace, married 
Tamer Bidle, and had : Emma, Darwin, Will- 
iam, Jesse. 6. Frank, married Bonnell, 

and had : Mary, Sarah, William, Edward. 7. 
Betsey, married Lyman Cogswell. 8. James I., 
married Caroline .\shley, and had : Eugene, 
.\lonzo, .\sa Packer, Charles ,\shley. 9. Lem- 
uel, married Clementine Bonnell, and had : 
Jessie, Carrie, Robert. 10. Lucimla, married 
.\braham Luce, and had : Mary, Irwin, George 
and one daughter. 11. Eunice, married John 
Crellen, and had: Lucius Pittston : Rollin. re- 
sides in Scranton ; Lizzie ; Caroline, who re- 
sides in White Haven. 

The surname Spaulding or 
SPAL'LDING Spaldingappearsquite early 
in England. Some conjec- 
ture that it is a place name, the family deriving 

the name from the town of Spalding, in Lin- 
colnshire, which is said to have been named for 
a spa or spring of mineral water in the market 
place. There have been many distinguished 
men of this name in England, in ancient and 
modern times. Many of the family bore coats- 
of-arms. The Spauldings of .America, with the 
e.\:ce]3tion of a few that have recentlv emigrated, 
are all descendants from three earlv settlers, 
one of whom located in Massachusetts, an- 
other in Maryland, and the third in Georgia. 
The latter are descended from the Ashantilly 
.Spaldings, Perthshire, Scotland, from Sir Pierce 
Spalding, who surrendered Berwick castle 
to the earl of Murray. The (jeorgia pioneer, 
James Sjialding, son of Captain Thomas, came 
to .America in 1760, and married .Anna Ler- 

( 1 ) Edward .Spaulding. immigrant ancestor, 
came to New England, between 1630 and 1633, 
and settled in Braintree, Massachusetts, where 
he appears among the proprietors of the town 
as early as 1640, and was admitted a freeman 
of the colony. May 13, 1640. He removed 
thence to Wenham, and was one of the peti- 
tioners for the town of Chelmsford grant, Octo- 
ber I. i'')45, and one of the early settlers of 
that town. He was a leading citizen; select- 
man in 1654-56-60-61 ; surveyor of highways 
in 1663, and juror in 1648. He died February 
26, 1670. His will was dated February 13, 
1666, proved .April 5. 1670, bef|ueathing to 
wife Rachel, sons Edward, John and .Andrew, 
anl daughter Dinah. His wife Margaret died 
-August, i()40. and his second wife Rachel soon 
after he died. Children of Edward and Mar- 
garet Spaulding: John, born about 1633, men- 
tioned below ; Edward, about 1635 ; (jrace, died 
in May, 1641. Children of second wife: Ben- 
jamin, born .April 7, 1643 ; Joseph. October 25, 
1646; Dinah, March 14, 1649; .Andrew, No- 
vember 19, 1652. 

(II) John, son of Edward Spaulding, was 
born about 1633, died October 3, 1721. He 
came to Chelmsford with his father, in 1654, 
and was admitted a freeman, March 11, 1689- 
90. He received numerous grants of land in 
Chelmsford from time to time.- He was a soldier, 
under Captain Manning, in King Philip's war. 
He married, May 18, 1658, Hannah Hale (or 
Heald), of Concord, Massachusetts. She died 
.August 14, 1689. Children : John, mentioned 
below: Eunice, born July 27, 1660: Edward, 
September 16, 1663: Hannah, April 25, 1666; 
Samuel. March 6, 1668; Deborah. November 



12, 1770; Joseph, October 22, 1673; Timothy, 
about 1676. 

(Ill) John (2), son of John (i) Spaniel- 
ing, was born in Chelmsford, February 15, 
1659. He married (tirst) Ann Ballard, of 
Andover, Massachusetts, September 20, 1681 ; 
( second ) Mary Fletcher, widow, November 
18, 1700. He removed with his family to Plain- 
field, Connecticut. Children, born at Chelms- 
ford: Anna, born August 25, 1684; Samuel, 
mentioned below; Jonathan, August 7, 1688: 
Deborah and Eleazer, twins, August 12 and 13. 
1690; Dinah, January 24, 1693; William, No- 
vember 14, 1695. 

(1\') Samuel, son of John (2) Spaulding. 
was born at Chelmsford, August 6, 1686, died 

June 9, 1749. He married Susannah . 

Children, all born at Plainfield, Connecticut : 
John, April 2, 1707 ; Jcdediah, mentioned below ; 
Abigail, May 7, 171 1 : Elizabeth, July 16. 1714: 
Susannah, October 19, 1723. 

(V) Jedediah, son of Samuel Spaulding, 
was born at Plainfield, April i, 1709, died July 
•8, 1776. He married Mary How, born Marcli 
I, 171 5, died March 17, 1794, aged seventy- 
nine, daughter of Samuel How. Children, all 
"born in Plainfield: Ezekiel, March 18, 1734: 
Timothy, February 15, 1737: Samuel, March 
28, 1749; Asa, October 6, 1751 ; Stephen, Au- 
gust 19, 1754: Daniel, mentioned below; Lem- 
uel ; Jedediah ; James. 

(VI) Daniel, son of Jedediah Spaulding, 
was born at Plainfield, December 18, 1757. He 
was a soldier from Connecticut in the revolu- 
tion, in Caj^tain Waterman Cleft's company 
(Sixth), Colonel Samuel Holder Parson's regi- 
ment, at Boston siege, in 1775; also in Lieu- 
tenant Clark's company. Twenty-first Militia, 
joining the army in New York state in 1776. 
He removed from Plainfield to Stephentown, 
New York, in the winter or early spring of 
1792. and lived there two or three years, re- 
moving thence to Coeymans, New York, now 
the town of Westerlo, New York. He mar- 
ried, November 18, 1781, Mercy Hewitt, born 
November 14, 1758, in Preston, Connecticut, 
died February 6, 1828, in Westerlo, and he 
died January 4, 1852, in Westerlo. Children; 
Daniel, born April 25, 1784; ]\Iary, June 17, 
1786, at Stonington, Connecticut, married David 
Foster; William, September 18, 1791, in Plain- 
field; Betsey, September 21, 1794; Closes, men- 
tioned below. 

(VI I) Moses, son of Daniel Spaulding, was 
torn in Coeymans, New York, November 22, 

1800, was killed by the cars of the Erie rail- 
road, in the town of Conklin, Broome county. 
New York, near his home, May 11, 1854. He 
married Betsey WMllsey, January 2, 1822. Chil- 
dren ; Willsey, born December 27, 1824, died 
January 31, 1863, married Miranda Terboss ; 

Amanda, January 7, 1827. married 

Cross; Daniel, born March 21, 1829, married, 
May 5, 1853, Emily I. Conklin ; Ananias, Janu- 
ary 8, 1832, died March 10, 1841 ; Sally Maria, 
born October 19, 1834, married, September 22, 
1863, Henry Terboss; Emily, born March 21, 
1837, married, December 23, 1855, Ezra P. 
Barton ; William A., mentioned below ; Zerah, 
born December 28. 1844, died December 8, 

(VIII) William A., son of Moses Spauld- 
ing, was born in .\lbany county, New York, 
March 11, 1841. He came to Broome county 
with his parents, when a small boy, and was 
educated there in the public schools. For many 
years he was engaged in teaming business. He 
is now retired, living at Binghamton. He 
married, November 22, 1863, Melvina Jaynes, 
(laughter of Holloway and Sarah (Rought) 
Jaynes. Children ; Renna Z., mentioned below ; 
Elizabeth Jaynes, born February 23, 1872, died 
May II. 1892. 

( IN ) Renna Z., son of William A. Spauld- 
ing, was born at .\bington, Luzerne county, 
Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools 
at Factoryville, later Scranton, Pennsylvania, 
and the Binghamton high school, New York. 
The family came to Binghamton in 1877, when 
he was a youth. His first venture was as 
maker of cigars, and later as dealer. After- 
ward he engaged in the bakery business, in 
partnership with T. W. Russell, and the busi- 
ness was incorporated under the name of 
the Russell-Spaulding Company, of which Mr. 
Spaulding was president and Mr. G. W. Rus- 
sell, vice-president. In 1905 they started a 
small shop and from that small beginning the 
business has developed into its present large 
[iroportion the largest in this line in the city 
of Binghamton, and according to the popula- 
tion the largest in the United States. 

In addition to being successful in business 
Mr. Spaulding has taken an active part in vari- 
ous fraternal organizations, being a member of 
the Masonic order, having passed through all 
the various bodies up to and including the 
thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite. He 
is a member of the Improved Order of Red 
Men, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 



the Binghaniton Club, and the Press Club, ami 
also the Chamber of Commerce. He is one of 
the directors in the Merchants" and Adver- 
tisers' Association. He has been a member of 
the \'olunteer Firemen's Association for some 
sixteen years; treasurer of the local company 
seven years. 

He married, December 24, 1883, Jessie F. 
Slatter. Children : Bessie E., born January 6, 
1889. married, June i, 1911, E. A. Brewer, of 
Cortland; Georgia Lncile, May 17, 1890; Eliz- 
abeth Jaynes, August 7, 1893. 

Sylvester Hayward Slatter, father of Mrs. 
Spaulding, was son of Samuel and Hannah 
(Hayward) Slatter, and was born in Sussex 
county, England, about 1822; married, Decem- 
ber 13, 1854, Emma Drake, at St. Mary's 
Church, Lewishaven, county Kent, England, 
and died December 22, 1878. Children of 
Sylvester Hayward Slatter: i. Alice Miriam 
Slatter, born February 29, 1856; married, Au- 
gust 15, 1879, Harry Hart, and had: Isaac, 
Miriam, Esther and George Hart. 2. Adelaide, 
born December 24, 1857; married (first), Sep- 
tember 15, 1886, James Shaw; (second) Scott 
Bruce. 3. Sylvester B. Slatter, born July 29, 
1859 ; married, October 23, 1889, Nancy Brown, 
and had Marjorie, born June 30, 1893. 4. 
Walter Drake Slatter, born July 6. 1861, died 
Januar)- 22, 1890. 5. Jessie Florence Slatter, 
born January 17, i8()(): married R, Z. Spauld- 
ing ( see Spaulding IX ). 6. Edna Bertha Slat- 
ter, born March 29, 1867, died March 11, 1869. 
Emma (Drake) .'-ilatter was a daughter of 

William and ( Chap])eri Drake, and 

was born about 1831, tlied in September, 1879. 
Her fatlier was a cajitain in the English mer- 
chant marine. Children of William Drake: 
Sarah, ^laria, Benjamin, William, Emma, Re- 
becca and Jane Drake. 

Jacob McKinney, of Scotch 
McKINNEY ancestry, was born April 30, 
1 77 1, in Pennsylvania, and 
died February 4, 1848. He lived in Simsbury, 
Pennsylvania, and removed thence to North- 
lunberland, New York, and finally to Bing- 
haniton, New York, He was a man of the 
highest character, and universally respected by 
the people of the community in which he lived. 
He had much to do with the early history of 
Binghaniton, and was widely known by his 
title of "Judge" McKinney. In 1808 he was 
sheriff of the county, and, in 1809, county 
clerk. For a time he was partner of General 

Joshua Whitney in the business of general 
merchants. He married, August 8, 1805, Eliza 
Sabin, liorn November 28, 1780. died May 7. 
1844, daughter of Walter Sabin, mentioned 
elsewhere in this work, a surveyor by pro- 
fession, who came from Norwich, Connecticut, 
to Harpersville, Delaware county. New York, 
prior to 1788, and then removed to Broome 
county, New York, returning eventually to 
Connecticut, where he died, leaving a widow, 
five daughters and one son. Children: i. Ed- 
ward, mentioned below. 2. Ann Eliza, born 
June 17, 1808, died September 2, 1862. 3. 
"Charles, born June 17, 1810, died June 8, 1884; 
married. May 27, 1839, Catherine B. Ely. 4. 
Samuel Sweetland, born April i, 1813, died 
June 25, 1837. 5. Sabin, born March 7, 1816; 
married, January 27, 1847, Elizabeth Sheldon 
Corliss. 6. Silas, born November 2, 181 8, died 
.April 21, 1888; married (first), February 24, 
1847, Fannie M. Nelson ; (second ), 1865, Alary 
C. Burt. 7. Amelia, born May 4, 1823, died 
October 25, 1823. 

( 11 ) Edward, son of Jacob McKinney, was 
born .Vugust 18, 1806, in Binghaniton, New 
\'ork, and died May 24, 1849. He married, 
.■\pril 21, 1832, Marcia Maria, daughter of John 
and Mehitable (May) Phillips, of Coopers- 
town, New York. Children: Frank, died young; 
E. Paschal, mentioned below ; William, mar- 
ried Mary Eliza Niven. 

(HI) Major E, I'aschal McKinney, son of 
Edward McKinney, was born at Phoenix, near 
Cooperstown, New York, February 23, 1838; 
married, June 18, 1868, Fanny Fee Fish (see 
JMsh ). Major McKinney was graduated from 
Yale L'niversity in the class of 1861. He im- 
mediately enlisted in the Union army, and was 
commissioned second lieutenant of Company 
(i. Sixth New York Cavalry, October 17, 1861, 
and continued in service until the end of the 
civil war ; he was commissioned first lieutenant. 
Company C, January 20. 1863; captain and 
commissary of subsistence, United States Vol- 
unteers, May 18, 1864; brevet major, July 7, 
1865. "for efficient and merhorious service." 
Major ]\IcKinney passed through the follow- 
ing battles and operations : Siege of Yorktown, 
\irginia : battles of Williamsburg and Fair 
Oaks : the Peninsular Campaign ; was escort to 
General Keyes, commanding Fourth Corps, 
.\rniy of the Potomac, in battle of Chancellors- 
ville : brigade commissary on staff of General 
Thomas "^C. Devin ; acting adjutant of regi- 
ment, battle of Deep Bottom, Trevillian Sta- 



tion and the Wilderness, Cavalry Corps, Army 
of the Potomac; battle of Cedar Creek, Vir- 
ginia, commissary Second Brigade, First Di- 
vision, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, 
and Sheridan's Cavalry Corps. He was wound- 
ed, August 13, 1864, at Berryville, Virginia, 
in an attack by General Mosby's troops, while 
serving in the Commissary Department, under 
General Phil Sheridan. At the close of the 
war he returned to Binghamton, and engaged 
in the wholesale grocery business, in partner- 
ship with his uncle, Sabin McKinney, and this 
still continues. He is a member of the ^lilitary 
Order of the Loyal Legion, and of Watrous 
Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Bing- 
hamton. Children, born at Binghamton: i. 
Ldward, born September 26, 1869; married 
Frances Nora Sexton ; children: Frances Ruth, 
March 8, 1900: Edward Phillips, May 24, 1902 ; 
Elizabeth, died in infancy; IMarcia May, Octo- 
ber 31, 1908, and Georgia Christiane. 2. Marcia 
May, born December zj . 1871 ; married George 
Buell Hollister; died February 12, 1909. 3. 
Fanny Lee, born November 7, 1876. 4. Carlos 
Tucker, born January 20, 1882, died in infancy. 

(The Fish Line). 

(i) Nathaniel Fish, the immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England, and settled in Sandwich, 
Massachusetts, before 1640, when he was one 
of the proprietors of that town. His brother 
John was of Lynn and Sandwich, and his 
brother Jonathan of Lynn, Sandwich, and 
finally of Newtown, Long Island, was ancestor 
of the famous New York family to which 
Governor Hamilton Fish belonged. Nathaniel 
married Lydia, daughter of Rev. John Miller, 
and from her come the names Miller in later 
generations. The widow Lydia and her brother. 
John Miller, of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, ad- 
ministered the estate of Nathaniel Fish, who 
engaged before marriage to pay her as much 
as he had with her, £66. The inventory was 
dated March 14, 1693-94. Children: Nathaniel, 
born November 27, 1648 ; John, April 13, 1651 ; 
Thomas, mentioned below ; Samuel, August 
10. 1668. died and be(|ueathed £8 to his aged 
father, February 2, 1691-92. 

(H) Thomas, son of Nathaniel Fish, was 
born about 1665. He settled at Duxbury, 
Ahissachusetts. Children, burn at Duxbury: 
I. Thomas, May 22, 1700. 2. Ebenezer, De- 
cember 13, 1703, died I\Iarch 2, 1791. 3. Rev. 
Josejjh, January 28, 1705-06: graduate of Har- 
vard. 1728: married Rebecca Pabodie (Pea- 

liody), great-granddaughter of John Alden, 
December 6, 1732; he died May 26, 1781, and 
she died at Fairfield, October 27, 1783. 4. 
Lydia, born March 24, 1708: married Eliakim 
Willis. 5. Samuel, October i, 1710; married 
Elizabeth Randall. (>. Nathaniel, mentioned 

(HI) Nathaniel, son of Thomas Fish, was 
born April ri, 1713, at Duxbury, Massachu- 
setts. With his brother. Rev. Joseph Fish, he 
settled at Stonington, Connecticut, afterward 
North Stonington. He married Mary Pabodie. 
a descendant of John Alden (see Peabody), 
and sister of his brother Joseph's wife. Chil- 
dren of Nathaniel and Mary, born at Stoning- 
ton : Miller, mentioned below: William, April 
26, 1738: Eliakim, February 2, 1741 ; Joseph. 
March 21, 1744; Lydia. March i, 1746. 

(IV) Miller, son of Nathaniel Fish, was 
born in Stonington, October 9, 1737. He set- 
tled in Hartford, and, in 1790, had, according 
to the first federal census, five males over six- 
teen, one under that age, and three females 
in his family. His brother Eliakim had two 
females and no sons in his familv at that time. 

(V) Miller (2), son of Mifler (O Fish, 
was born about 1763, probably in New London 
county, Connecticut. He married, July, 1786, 
in Hartford, Connecticut, Huldah Corning, 
who died January 15, 1806. He died Septem- 
ber 16, 1816. He appears to have lived with 
his father until about 1790. Children, born 
at Hartford: Henry, mentioned below; Re- 
becca, September 28, 1790: John, January 15, 
1792, died May 2-^. 1807; Mary, December 26, 
1795: Frederick, August 3, 1798; Edward, 
February 11. 1800; George H.. September 5, 
1803: Huldaii C, January 5, 1806, died Sep- 
tember, 1853, unmarried. 

(\'l) Dr. Henry Fish, son of Miller (2) 
Fish, was born October 15. 1788, died Decem- 
ber 29, 1850; married Rebecca Birch. He 
graduated from Yale College in i8o5, and 
studied medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, 
from which he received the degrees of AL A. 
and AL B. in 1810. In 1826 he received the 
degree of M. D. from Yale College. He had 
what was then called a country practice in 
New York City, with an office in Beekman 
street. He removed later in life to Salisbury. 
Connecticut, where he resided and practiced 
his profession to the time of his death. Chil- 
dren : I. Henry F., born October 29, 1813; 
married, February 21, 1850, Lucy Wilco.x. 2. 
Myron H., mentioned below. 3. Jnhn C, 



January ifi, 1822; married, October 3, 1843, 
Lydia Kilburn ; removed to California, and 
died there, November 24, 1850. 4. William 
Tully, born January 13, 1825; married (first). 
December 6, 1849. 5- ^Jary Elizabeth, born 
June 13, 1826, died unmarried. 

(V'll) Myron HoUey, son of Dr. Henry 
Fish, was born at Salisbury, Connecticut. .Seii- 
tember 21, 1820. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools. In 1854 he went to Illinois and en- 
gaged in business as a merchant and banker, 
at Rock Island, and died there, December 3, 
i860. One of the last acts of his life was to 
vote for Abraham Lincoln for President. He 
married, August 25, 1845, Fanny Scoville Lee, 
born August 11, 1823, daughter of Elisha and 
Almira (Scoville) Lee. Children: Fanny Lee, 
married Major Edward P. McKinney ; Eliza- 
beth Julia, born .\pril 26, 1850, died young; 
Mary, March 24, 1853, died in infancy; Myra 
Ruth, born September 30, 1856. 

(The Corning Line). 

(I) Samuel Corning, the immigrant, was 
born in England, and came to Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, as early as 1638, and was admitted 
a freeman June 2, 1641. .An acre of land was 
granted him. in 1(141. for sowing hem]). He 
removed to Wenham, Massachusetts. His wife 
was admitted to the church April 5, 1640. He 
was afterward prominent in Ileverly. He was 
on the committee. May 13, 1663, equivalent to 
the first board of selectmen, though the tnwn 
was not incorporated until i6()8. He was 
selectman in 1670-74-73-77, and perhaps in 
other years; collector of ta.xes in 1676, ensign 
in 1667 and afterward; on a committee to 
settle the boundary with Wenham in 1682; 
licensed to keep an ordinary in 1670; assistant 
of the colony in 1670; on various committees 
to lay out land for the town. He had many 
grants in 1671 and afterward. His widow 
Elizabeth survived him. His estate was divided 
among his children Samuel, Elizabeth and Re- 
member, and his wi 'ow March — , 1694-95. 
Children: Remember, baptized May 3, 1640: 
Samuel, n^entioned below ; Eliza, or Elizabeth, 
June 4, 1643. 

(II) Samuel (2), son of Samuel ( i ) Corn- 
ing, was baptized March 14, 1640-41, and died 
May II. 1714, aged seventy-three years. He 
married Hannah r>atchelder, who died Febru- 
ary 17. I7i8, aged seventy-two years, daugh- 
ter of John pjatchelder. Children, born at 
Beverly: Samuel, June i, i()7o; John, 1676; 

Joseph, mentioned belijw ; Daniel, September 
17, 1686. 

(III) Joseph, son of Samuel (2) Corning, 
was born in Beverly, November 19, i')79, and 
died in 17 18. He removed from Beverly to 
Norwich, Connecticut, and settled in the fVes- 
ton Society. He married, January 17, 1702-03, 
Rebecca Woodbury. Children: Hannah, born 
( ktober 6, 1703 ; Joseph, May 22, 1707 ; Josiah, 
menti(.ined below ; Nehemiah, April 23, 1717. 

(IV) Josiah, son of Joseph Corning, was 
born in 1709, and died February 2"/ , i'](yo. He 
married, January 10, 1733, Jane Andrews, 
of Norwich, who died March 21, 1803, aged 
eighty-eight years. Children, born in Preston: 
.Sarah. October 13, 1734; Ezra, mentioned be- 
low; Daniel, July iS, 1739; Lydia, October 4, 
1741 ; Elisha, July 23, 1743: John, November 
2},. 1746; E])hraim, died at sea: Polly, or 
Mary, May 22, 1749; Ann, April 22, 1731; 
.Asa, December 3, 1733, resided at Hartford; 
Ephraim, 1753. 

( \ ) Ezra, son of Josiah Corning, was born 
at Preston, April 10, 1737. He was the first 
of the family to come from IVeston to Hart- 
fird. He was a shoemaker by trade, and kept 
a grocery at Hartford, fie lived near the site 
of the Governor Toucey house. He married 
(first) Mary, daughter of Captain Thomas 
Hopkins; (second) Catherine Hall; (third) 
Hannah P.entdn. Children: Marv, died young: 
Huli'ah, married, 1786, Miller Fish, of Hart- 
ford (see Fish) ; Daniel, married \'ib- 

bert : Ezra Jr. Children of second wife : George, 
Charles, Catherine, William ; Henry, died 
young; Henry, resided at Harford. 

( The Peabody Line ) . 

The surname Peabody is of ancient English 
origin. The generally accepted explanation of 
the origin of this name is given by the English 
Heraldry office as from a leader of one of the 
tribes, a man of wealth and influence named 
Peabodie, who by his prowess and exertions 
in the brittle on the river D(iuglass aided in ex- 
pelling the northern Saxon invaders, and. hav- 
ing in his possession, the trophy taken by his 
ancestors from a Roman officer at the time 
Oueen Boadicea, of Briton, was subdued by 
Emperor Nero, the coat-of-arms was confirm- 
ed with additions by King Arthur. This an- 
cient Roman coat-of-arms is described : Paty 
]ier fesse nebule, cjules, aziire, two suns proper 
with a gare. Crest: A scroll. The familv motto 
\^:Mnrns acncus coiisciciitia saiui. Boadie, 



who k'd the Britons in the battle with the 
Romans, escaped to the mountains of Wales. 
The word Pea, meaning a hill or mountain, 
was added to the name, and by it the tribe was 
known for centuries. The tribe maintained a 
separate existence for five hundred years. Upon 
the helmet and armor of the Roman olTicer was 
a Roman badge of honor and distinction, con- 
sisting of two suns proper in bordure. There 
was also a miniature likeness of the Empress 
Poppaea, wife of Nero. The spelling Pay- 
body, Paybodie, Pabodie and various other 
forms are found. 

(I) John Peabody, the American immigrant, 
came to this cotmtry from England, about 
if>3(), and settled in the Plymouth colony, New 
England. Ilis name appears on the list of 
freeman ]\Iarch 7, 1636-37. He had grants of 
land at Duxbury. His will was dated July, 1640, 
and was proved April 2"^, 1667. He married 
Isabel . Cliildren : i. Thomas, men- 
tioned in the will. 2. Erancis, came, in 1635, in 
the ship "Planter"; ancestor of most of the 
Essex county families. 3. William, mentioned 
below. 4. Annis, married, i63<;, John Rowe 
(or Rouse). 

(U) William Peabodie, or Pabodie, son of 
John, was born in England, in 1620, and died 
December 13, 1707, at Little Compton, Rhode 
Island. He married at Plymouth, December 
26, 1644, Elizabeth, daughter of John and 
Priscilla (Mullins) Alden. She was born in 
Plymouth, and died at Little Compton, Rhode 
Island, May 31, 171 7. As her parents came 
in the "Mayflower," her descendants are eligi- 
ble to the Society of Mayflower Descendants. 
William Peabody spent his youth in Duxbury. 
In various documents he is called yeoman, 
boatman, planter, and, in 1681. wheehvright. 
He was also a land surveyor. He bought land 
of John Holland and Hopestill Foster, of Dor- 
chester, November i, 1648, and other lands at 
Mattapoisett and Sepecan. He removed to 
Little Compton, Rhode Island, about 1684. He 
was deputy to the general court, from Dux- 
bury, in 1654-63-68-71 to 1682. He was ad- 
mitted a freeman June 5, 1651. His will was 
dated May 13, 1707. Children: John, born 
October 4. 1645; Elizabeth, April 2. 1647; 
Mary, August 7, 1648 ; Mercy and Martha, 
January 2, 1649; Priscilla, January 15, 1653; 
Sarah, August 7, 1656; Ruth, June 19, 1658; 
Rebecca, October 15, 1660; Hannah, October 
15, 1662: William, November 24, 1664; Lydia, 
April 3, 1667. 

(HI) William (2), son of William (i) 
Peabody, was born at Duxbury, November 24, 
1664. He removed with his father to Little 
Compton, and spent the rest of his days there. 
He was a farmer. He was admitted a free- 
man. May I, 1722, in Massachusetts. He died 
September 17, 1744. His will is dated August 

7, 1743. He married (first) Judith , 

born 1669, died July 26, 1714; (second) Eliz- 
abeth ; (third) Mary (Morgan) Starr. 

Children, born at Little Compton : Elizabeth, 
April 10, 1698; John, February 9, 1700; Will- 
iam, February 21, 1702; Rebecca, February 
29, 1704; Priscilla, March 4, 1706; Judith, 
January 23, 1708; Joseph, July 26, 1710; Mary, 
April 4, 1712, married, November 26, 1736, 
Nathaniel Fish (see Fish) ; Benjamin, Novem- 
ber 25, 1717. 

Lawrence Clinton, the first of 
CLINTON the name in New Haven, Con- 
necticut, was born in 1679, died 
in 1757-58. He settled in what is now North 
Haven, Connecticut, in 1704, and became a 
member of the Center Church, at New Haven, 
that same year, and was one of si.x men who 
united in forming an Episcopal Society in 
North Haven, in 1723. By occupation he 
was a mason. He married, about 1700, Mary 
Brockett ; (second) Elizabeth (Barnes). Chil- 
dren of first wife: Elizabeth, married, January 
20, 1725-26, James Bishop; Abigail; Mary, 
married, October 21, 1725, Isaac Griggs ;: Lydia ; 
Sarah ; Anne, and Phebe. Children of second 
wife: Lawrence, January i. 1737; John, born 
April 9, 1740. 

(I) Shubael Clinton, possibly a brother of 
Lawrence Clinton, probably came with him to 
New Haven from Massachusetts, and was 
doubtless born in England, as early as 1690. 

He married Elizabeth . He joined the 

Episcopal church, at West Haven, and this 
religious affiliation is almost positive proof of 
English birth. Shubael, his wife Elizabeth 
and si.x children were baptized in the Episcopal 
church, at West Haven, in 1734. Children: 
Elizabeth, married, June, 1737, Eliphalet Ste- 
vens ; Mercy ; Mary ; Shubael, died in the serv- 
ice in the French and Indian war (p. 105, vol. 
ix. Conn. Hist. Society French and Indian 
War Rolls), he was in the Seventh Company, 
First Regiment, and was reported dead Octo- 
ber 13, 1756, he served under Captain David 
Baldwin, of Milford (Jesse, Henry, Joseph 
and L)hn Clinton were also in the French and 

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Indian wars), in the inventor}- of his estate an 
item appears, "for service in his country's 
cause, 7 pounds" ; Henry, mentioned below. 

(II) Henry, son of Shubael Clinton, was 
born in 1727, probably at New Haven, and 
died April i, 1814, at North Colebrook, Con- 
necticut. He was a soldier in the French and 
Indian war, inCaptain Joseph Woodrufif's com- 
pany, of Milford, and, in 1757, marched to the 
relief of Fort William Henry (p. 220, vol. ix, 
I'>ench and Indian War Rolls). In 1790 he 
was living in Litchfield county. He settled 
at Barkhamstead, Connecticut, and afterward 
located at New Milford, Litchfield county, 
Connecticut, in 1763. He married, in 1760. at 
Derby, Rachel Pierson. Children: i. Elijah 
P., baptized at Derby, April, 1762, died young. 

2. Henry, 1765, at New Milford. 3. Sheldon, 
born in 1767, at New Milford. 4. Lyman, 
mentioned below. 5. Clarissa, born 1780, at 
New Milford; married, 1799, Ira Andrews. 

(III) Lyman, son of Henry Clinton, was 
born at New Milford, April 3, 1771, diell April 
30, 1855, at Newark Valley, New York. He 
moved from Colebrook, with his family, to 
Newark, Tioga county. New York, in 1831, 
after visiting Newark \alley the previous year 
and buying six hundred acres of land, which 
he later shared with his sons. He married 
Mehitable Pease, who died at Newark Valley, 
September 7, 1834, aged fifty-seven years. Chil- 
dren : I. Lyman, mentioned below. 2. Samuel, 
born April 2, 1800, died December 6, 1858, at 
Ithaca, New York ; married Rachel Knapp. 

3. Henry, born September 2, 1802; married 

Mary . 4. Alehitable, July 24, 1805, 

died September 29, 1868, at Newark \'alley, 
unmarried. 5. Sheldon, born October 20, 1807; 
died June 22, 1876, at Williamsport, Pennsyl- 
vania ; married, in June, 1840, Elinor Ogden. 
6. George, born June 14, 1809, died April 17, 
1853. ^t Newark Valley. 7. Eli, June 25, 181 1, 
died August, 1892. 8. Rhoda, born June 12, 
1814, died March 9, 1875: married, in 1837, 
Albert Williams. 

(IV) Lyman (2), son of Lyman (i) Clin- 
ton, was born May 7, 1798, at Barkhamstead, 
Connecticut ; died July 4, 1873, at Newark 
X'alley, New York. He removed wnth his 
father from Colebrook, Connecticut, to New- 
ark \'alley, in 1831. His farm was a mile and 
a half east of Newark \'alley. By trade he 
was a cooper. In politics he was a Democrat. 
He married, November i, 1821, Miranda Stone. 
born December 29, 1801, at Sharon, Connecti- 

cut, died February i, 1882, at Newark \'alley. 
New Y'ork. Children, born at Colebrook and 
Newark Y'alley: i. Royal Wells, mentioned 
below. 2. Elizabeth, born April 10, 1824, died 
January 26, 1899. 3. Annis M., born April 6, 
1825, died ApvW 20, 1885; married James 
Ayres. 4. Julian, born May 6, 1826, died Sep- 
tember 30, 1857; married Mary Strong. 5. 
Stephen P., born November 7, 1827, died Janu- 
ary 3, 1881. 6. Corinda, born February 8, 
1830, died April 25, 1832. 7. Lucy, born Au- 
gust 27, 1831 ; married Myron Hayford. 8. 
Oliver P., born June 11, 1833. 9. Amaryllis 
P., born February 23, 1837, died October 30, 
1898; married Edgar Boyce. 10. Gilbert S., ■ 
born June i, 1840, died April 20, 1851. 11. 
Edwin \'., born May 9, 1841 ; married, No- 
vember lO, 1861. Ellen roasted. 12. Alvira, 
twin of Edwin \'., died April 20, 1842. 13. 
Alvira ]\I., born C)ctober 11, 1842, died Au- 
gust 7, 1872; married Porter Moore. 

( \' ) Royal Wells, son of Lyman (2) Clin- 
ton, was born at Colebrook, Connecticut, March 
I, 1823, died at Newark Valley, March 20, 
1895. He was educated in the public schools, 
and from his youth followed farming for a 
calling. From 1850 to 1865 he lived on a farm 
a mile and a half east of Newark Valley, and 
from that year to 1895 in the village of New- 
ark X'alley. He built the first steam sawmill 
operated in New York, and was extensively 
interested in the lumber business for many 
years. In religion he was a Methodist, and 
for forty years was superintendent of the Sun- 
day school. He was a director of the South 
Central Railroad Company from 1868 to 1895, 
and a trustee of the Tioga National Bank, of 
Owego. He was generous and public spirited. 
He gave a handsome school building to the 
village of Newark Valley. In politics he was 
a Republican. For many years he represented 
the town in the board of supervisors. In 1891 
he represented the tlistrict in the state assem- 
bl}' and served on important committees. He 
married, at Newark Valley, May 16, 1844, 
Anna C. Knapp, who was born at New Marl- 
borough, Massachusetts, September 7, 1825, 
died at Newark Valley, June 13, 1882. Chil- 
dren: I. Ella J., born April 20, 1845: married, 
November 22, 1865, Morris Elwell, born Au- 
gust 3, 1840, died December 31, 1894: chil- 
dren: i. Cora, born August 20, 1867, married 
(first), October 27, 1886, at Scranton, Penn- 
sylvania, Grant Dilley, married (second), Feb- 
ruary 17, 1898, A. L. Morrison; ii. Clinton, 



born April 14, iSCvj. marrieil, January 30, 
1895, Mary C. Lawrence; iii. Anna C, born 
March 20, 1879, married, September, 1901, 
Harry Miller. 2. Austin W., mentioned below. 

3. Arthur Ci., born March 3, 1856; married, 
June 13, 1880, Addie Roys, born April 27, 
1858: children: Edith K., born August 8, 1881 ; 
Leonard, June 22. 1885; Ruth, May 15, 1892. 

(\'I) Austin \V., son of Royal Wells Clm- 
ton, was born March 11, 1850, at Newark 
\'alley. Xevv York. He attended the public 
schools of his native town, the Cazenovia 
Seminary, the Wyoming Seminary, and Cor- 
nel! L'niversity, from which he was graduated 
in the class of 1872, with the degree of Bach- 
elor of Science. h''r(jm 1872 to 1874 he taught 
natural science in Wyoming Seminary. He 
then when abroad, and upon his return, in 
1875, he located at Harford, New Y'ork, and 
engaged in the lumber business and operated 
a sawmill. In 1882-83 1^^ ^'^^ supervisor of 
the town of Harford, and for ten years was 
postmaster there. He removed to Galeton, 
Pennsylvania, where he had lumber interests. 
Since 1895 he has been in the lumber business 
in Binghamton, and has made his home in that 
city. He is a director of the Tioga National 
Bank, at Owego : of the People's Bank, in 
Binghaniton ; treasurer of the Lestershire Lum- 
ber and Box Company, and ])resident of Lester- 
shire Spool and Manufacturing Company. In 
politics he is a Rejiublican, in religion a Meth- 
odist, and is a trustee of Tabernacle Church, 
of Binghamton, New York. 

He married, October 13, 1876, Alice Davis, 
of Scranton, Pennsylvania, daughter of David 
R. Davis. Children: i. Emelius, born July 3, 
1878, at Harford Mills, New York; died May 
28, 1892. 2. Harry Davis, born November 7, 
187C), at Harford; entered Cornell University, 
in the class of 1903; was a sergeant in the 
British army, in South Africa, in 1901 ; engi- 
neering in Ecuador, South America, in 1902 ; 
was in Cuba in 1903; at present manager 
of the Leicestershire Spool & Manufacturing 
Company; married, June 15, 1907, Elizabeth 
Newcomb, born April 7, 1886; children: Aus- 
tin W., born August 15, 1908; Harry Davi> 
Jr., July 16, igio. 3. Louis Royal, born July 

4, 1881, at Harford Mills; entered Cornell 
University, in the class of 1901 ; married, Sep- 
tember 27, 1904, Jessica M. Ostrom, born May 
20, 1880; child: Royal Duane, born January 
2, 1910. 4. Helen Bessie, born April i;, 1883. 
at Harford ; graduate of \'assar College, class 

of 1905. 5. Caroline Mabel, born March 11, 
1889, at Galeton, Pennsylvania: graduate of 
\ assar College, in 191 1. 

The Bliss family is believed to be 
BLLSS the same as the Blois family of 
Normandy, gradually modified in 
spelling to Bloys, Blysse, Blisse, and. in .Amer- 
ica, to Bliss. The family has been in England, 
however, since the Norman conquest, but is 
not numerous and never appears to have been. 
The coat-of-arms borne by the Bliss and Bloys 
families is the same : Sable, a bend vaire, be- 
tween two fleurs-de-lis or. Crest : A hand 
holding a bundle of arrows. Motto: Scinfier 
sursani. The ancient family tradition repre- 
sents the seat of the Bliss family in the south 
of England, and belonging to the yeomanry, 
though at various times some of the family 
were knighted. 

(I) Thomas Bliss, progenitor of the Amer- 
ican family, lived at Belstone parish, Devon- 
shire. -England. Little is known of him ex- 
cept that he was a wealthy landowner, and was 
a Puritan, jiersecuted on account of his faith, 
by civil anfl religious authorities, under the 
direction of the infamous Archbishop Laud, 
that he was maltreated, impoverished and im- 
prisoned. He was reduced to poverty and his 
health ruined by the persecution of the Church 
of England. He is supposed to have been born 
about i553-(:)0, and he died about 1636. When 
the parliament of 1628 assembled, Puritans or 
Roundheads, as they were called by the Cava- 
liers or Tories, accompanied the members to 
London. Two of the sons of Thomas Bliss, 
Jonathan and Thomas, rode from Devonshire 
on iron-grey horsej, and remained for some 
time — long enough, anyhow, for the king's 
officers and spies to mark them, and from that 
time they, with others who had gone on the 
same errand to the capital, were marked for 
destruction. The Bliss brothers were fined a 
thousand pounds for their non-conformity, and 
thrown into prison, where they lay for weeks. 
Even their venerable father was dragged 
through the streets with the greatest indignities. 
C^n another occasion the officers of the high 
commission seized all their horses and all their 
sheep, except one poor ewe, that in its fright 
ran into the house and took refuge under 
a bed. .At another time the three sons of 
Thomas Bliss, with a dozen Puritans, were led 
through the market place, in Okehampton, 
with ropes ar( imd their necks and also fined 



lieavily. On another occasion Thomas was ar- 
restetl and thrown into prison with his son 
Jonatlian, who eventually died from the hard- 
ships and abuse of the churchmen. At an- 
other time the king's officers seized the cattle 
of the family and most of their household 
goods, some of which were highly valued for 
their age and beauty, and as heirlooms, having 
been for centuries in the family. In fact, the 
family being so impoverished, b)' constant per- 
secution, was unable to pay the fines and secure 
the release of both father and son from prison, 
so the young man remained and the father's 
fine was paid. At Easter the young man re- 
ceived thirty-five lashes. .After the father died, 
his widow lived with their daughter, whose 
husband, .Sir John Calclit'fe, was a communi- 
cant of the Cliurch of England, in good stand- 
ing. The remnant of the estate was divided 
among the three sons, who were advised to 
go to America to escape further persecution. 
Thomas and George feared to wait for Jona- 
than, who was ill in prison, and they left Eng- 
land in the fall of 1635 with their families 
Thomas, son of Jonathan, and grandson of 
Thomas Pdiss, retuained in England until his 
father died, and then he also came to .Amer- 
ica, settling near his uncle of the same name. 
At various times the sister of the immigrants 
sent to the brothers boxes of shoes, clothing 
and articles that could not l>e procured in the 
colonies, and it is through her letters, long ]3re- 
served in the original but now lost, that knowl- 
edge of the family was handed down from 
generation to generation. Children of Thomas : 
Jonathan, dieil in England, in i635-3() ; Thomas, 
mentioned below ; Elizabeth, married Sir John 
CalclifTe, of Belstone ; George, born 1591, died 
August 31, 1687, settled in I^ynn, Massachu- 
setts, and later at Sandwich, in that province, 
and at Xew]3ort, Rhode Island : Mary. 

( II ) Thomas ( 2 ), son of Thomas ( 1 ) I'.liss, 
was born in England, at Belstone. in Devon- 
shire, about 1585. He married in Englaml. 

about 1612, Margaret 

It is believed 

that her name was Margaret Lawrence, and 
that she was born about 1594. She is said, by 
good authority, to have been a good looking 
woman, with a square chin, indicating great 
strength of character. After the death of 
her husband, which took place about 1639. she 
managed the affairs of the family with great 
prudence and good judgment. She was ener- 
getic, efficient and of great intellectual capacity. 
Her eldest daughter married Robert Chapman. 

of Saybrook. Connecticut, .\pril 29, if>42, and 
settled in Saybrook, wdiere Thomas Dliss Jr. 
also settled, removing to Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, on account of the malarial fevers 
then prevalent in Connecticut. She sold her 
property in Hartford and purchased a tract a 
mile square in Springfield, in the south part 
of the town, on what is now Main street. 
Margaret Bliss tiled August 29, 1(184. full 
forty years after the death of her husband, 
and nearly fifty after she emigrated. Children : 
.\nn, born in England ; Mary, married Joseph 
Parsons ; Thomas ; Nathaniel ; Lawrence ; Sam- 
uel, born 1624; Sarah, born in Boston, in 1635 ; 
Elizabeth. i')37, at Boston, married Myles 
Morgan, founder of Springfield; Hannah, born 
at Hartford, in 1639: John, mentioned below. 

(Ill) John, son of Thomas (2) liliss, was 
born at Hartford, Connecticut, in 1640, died 
Se])tember 10, 1702. He removed to North- 
ampton, in 1672, and was there through his 
sister's trial for witchcraft. He removed to 
•Springfield, in 1683, and soon afterward to 
Longmeadow, where he spent the remainder 
of his life. He married, October 7, I&^/, 
Patience Burt, born August 18, 1643, died 
r)ctober 23, 1732, daughter of Henry Burt, of 
Springfield. Children ; John, born Sejjtember 
7, 1669; .Nathaniel, January 26, 1671 ; Thomas, 
mentioned below : Jo.seph, 1676 ; Hannah, No- 
vember 16, 1678; Henry, .August 15, 1681 : 
Ebenezer, 1683. 

( I\' ) Thomas (3), son of John ISliss, was 
born at Longmeadow, October 29, 1673, died 
there, .August 12, 1758. He married, ^lay 27, 
1714, Mary, daughter of William and Mar- 
garet Macranny. She was born November 2, 
1690, died March 30, 1761. Children, born 
at Longmeadow: IVIary, December 4, 1715: 
Thomas, May 3, 1719: Henry. December 3. 
1722, died young; Henry, mentioned below. 

(A') Henry, son of Thomas (3) Bliss, was 
born August 21. 1726, at Longmeadmv ; died 
I*>bruary 7-8, 1761. He was a farmer at Long- 
meadow. He married Ruby Brewer, of Leb- 
anon (published December 22, 1749). The 
widow and children removed, in I7(>3, to Leb- 
anon, Connecticut, and afterward to Bernards- 
ton, ^Massachusetts. Children: Thomas, born 
December 7, 1730: Solomon, November 8, 
1751 : Calvin, mentioned below; Henry, June 
7, 1737: lluldah, July 2, 1759. 

I \ I ) Calvin, son of Henry lUiss, was born 
at Coleraine, Massachusetts, Alay 14, 1734. 
died in October, 184'). He was a farmer at 



Bernardston. and, about 1800, removed to 
Shorehain, Addison county, Vermont. He was 
a soldier in the revolution, in Captain Ephraim 
Chapin's company. Colonel Ruggles Wood- 
bury's regiment, August 17, 1777, to Novem- 
ber 29, and is said to have held a commission 
in Washington's army. He married, June 26, 
1777, Ruth, born May 11, 1756-57, daughter of 
Ebenezer and Sarah (Field) Janes, of North- 
field, Vermont. Children: Ruby, born 1778; 
Philomela, June 11, 1782; Huldah; Solomon, 
mentioned below ; Martha, September 15, 1788; 
Ruth, June 10, 1790; Mehitable, May 17, 1792; 
Calvin, May 14, 1794; Henry, March 2/, 1796; 
Oliver Brewster, July 6, 1799. 

(VH) Solon_ion, son of Calvin Bliss, was 
born April 9, 1786, died at Wilk-t, New York, 
June 6, 1861. He settled at Preston, Chenango 
county, New York. He married, January i, 
1808, Anna Packer, born at Guilford, Ver- 
mont, June 30, 1786, died at Henderson, New 
York, January 14, 1866. Children: Eunice 
P., born July 28, 1809; Amanda P., July 5, 
1813, died young; Lydia J., January 11, 1815; 
Ruth, January 11, 1817, died young; Joshua 
P., at Preston, April 29, 1818; Ruth C, July 
17, 1820; Calvin J., mentioned below; Ira G., 
July 27, 1824. 

(VHI) Calvin J., son of Solomon Bliss, 
was born May 22, 1822, at Preston, New York, 
and settled in Willet, Cortland county, New 
York. He married. September 18, 1850, Bet- 
sey A. Landers, of Willet. Children : Charles 
Emery, mentioned below; Cora L., born Sep- 
tember 9, 1870, at Binghamton, died August 
9, 1 87 1. 

(IX) Charles Emery, son of Calvin J. Bliss, 
was born July 5, 185 1, at W'illet, and was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Binghamton 
and in the academy. He followed farming for 
a number of years, and then engaged in the 
dry goods business at Binghamton. He was 
deacon of the Baptist church and superin- 
tendent of the Sunday school for many years. 
He died July 30, 1900. He married, June 25, 
1874, Florence, daughter of Hon. George Sher- 
wood (see Sherwood VI 1). They had one 
son, George C. S., mentioned below. 

(X) George C. S., son of Charles Emery 
Bliss, was born April 18, 1877, at Towanda. 
Pennsylvania. Engaged in wholesale dry goods 
business in Binghamton. He married, June 
25, 1902, Katherine Shieder. Children : George 
Emery, born l-'ebruary 24, 1904: Robert Leon, 

November 19. 1907; Barbara Ruth, February 
27, 1909. 

(The Sherwood Line). 

(II) Isaac Sherwood, youngest son of 
Thomas (q. v.) and Mary (Fitch) Sherwood, 
was born in 1655, died in 1739. He had land 
grants at Eastchester, New York. In 1678 he 
was of Rye, New York, and, in 16S7, of West- 
port, Connecticut. He married Elizabeth Jack- 
son. Children : Daniel, Isaac, John, David, 
Abigail, Thomas (mentioned below), Eliza- 

(III) Thomas, son of Isaac Sherwood, mar- 
ried Eleanor Churchill, of Green Farms, Con- 
necticut. He died at Albany, New York, Au- 
gust 5, 1756, in the French and Indian war, in 
which he was captain of Whitney's company. 
His wife died October i, 1754. 

(IV) John, son of Thomas Sherwood, mar- 
ried, March 24, 1761, Mary Gorham. Chil- 
dren : Asa, mentioned below ; Levi, born June 
17, 1764; Ellen, February 23, 1766; Abigail, 
November 18. 1770; John, September 10, 1773 ; 
Plezekiah, twin of John ; Hannah, July 28, 

(V) Asa, son of John Sherwood, was born 
July 4, 1762. He was a soldier in the revolu- 
tion, enlisting at Fairfield, Connecticut, Febru- 
ary I, 1777; also in the Second Connecticut 
Regiment, under Colonel Swift, and in the 
Fourth Connecticut, under Colonel Meigs. He 
married Molly Phillips, daughter of a New 
York City merchant, who had also a son in 
the continental army, captured by the British 
and confined in one of the prison ships, but 
finally released through the influence of the 
father. ChildreTt: Isaac (mentioned below), 
William, Asa, David, Gorham, John, Sally and 

(VI) Isaac (2). son of Asa Sherwood, was 
born probably at Guilford, New York ;>, mar- 
ried Amy Budlong, of Cassville, New York. 
Children : Johan, married Frank LTrsley and 
lived at Waverly; Ira, married Mary Wallace. 
and lived at Genegan, Connecticut ; Asa, died 
young; Mary, married William Thomas, and 
lived at Pontusac, Illinois ; Eliza, married 
David Leach, and lived at Webster, Illinois ; 
Stephen, married Clara Babcock, and lived at 
(ireene ; Sarah, married Albert Sprague, and 
lived at Binghamton ; George, mentioned below ; 
Amy, married Myron Stanton, and lived at 
Greene ; Lucy, married Joseph Bixby, and lived 

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kJccicic i^^lictss'cod 



at \\ averly ; Sophrunia, married Thomas Cow- 
an, ami lived at I'ort Crane; Daniel, dietl in 
infancy; Mandana, married Edwin Adams, 
and lived at Binghamton ; David, married R(js- 
anna Warner, and lived at Greene. 

( \'I1 ) Hon. George Sherwood, son of Isaac 
( 2 ) Sherwood, was born in RIcDonough, Chen- 
ango county. New York, January 21, 1821, 
died in llinghaniton. New York, May 24. 1903. 
He was a farmer, owning land in Cinghaniton, 
and a ]5rominent citizen. He represented his 
district in the state assembly, in 1874-75, and 
was active in the temperance movement, both 
as a legislator and a citizen. Before the war 
he was an earnest Abolitionist. He was for 
many years a leading member and local preach- 
er of the I'^irst Bajitist Church. He was ba])- 
tized by the late Rev. R. A. Washburn into 
the fellowship of the Baptist church, at Gene- 
gantslct Corners (now extinct or merged into 
other Baptist churches), and later was a mem- 
ber of the church at Upper Lisle. He removed to 
the town of Windsor, Broome county, in 1857, 
and while there was a member of the Baptist 
church in that place. He came to Binghamton 
and became a member of the First liajitist 
Church, where he served faithfully, and was 
an honored and valued member. In 1894, on 
the organization of the Park Avenue Church, 
he ])ecame a constituent member of that church. 
In all of his church life, of more than three 
score years, he was an earnest and faithful 
laborer in the Master's service, and was ever 
ready to do any work that he could to pro- 
mote the interest of the church and to advance 
the cause of Christ. To this end he contributed 
liberally of his money, time and talents, of 
which he was abundantly resourceful. In him 
his pastor always found a true, wise and help- 
ful counselor, and he was ever ready to render 
any assistance he could. He was a ready and 
an earnest speaker, and very often occupied 
the pulpit of the pastorless churches in a very 
acceptable manner. He was kind and good to 
the aged and infirm, and often conducted relig- 
ious services in the homes of those who were 
unable to attend church. He was a man of 
strong and deep convictions, ever battling for 
the right, and yet he always did it in his quiet, 
unassuming, yet firm and imi^ressive way. He 
only wanted to know what was right and from 
that he never swerved in the path of duty. His 
Christian home life in the family was delight- 
fid and winning, and his children now look 

back upon it with sweet pleasure and the kind- 
liest remembrances. 

In public life he was most highly respected 
and admired, and his integrity was never ques- 
tioned in any way or manner, for he always 
lived above reproach, and was as consistent, 
firm and true in all his public duties and mat- 
ters entrusted to him as he was in his private 
and church life. He held the office of super- 
visor of his town when the present county 
poor house was erected, and was one of the 
committee in charge of and entrusted with 
that work. He represented the county in the 
state legislature for the years 1873-74-75. There 
was the crowning work of his life, for in that 
body, through his earnest, heroic and inde- 
fatigable eft'orts, he secured the passage of the 
bill, and the appropriation from the state, that 
gave to us and this section of the state the 
Susquehanna \'alley Home, of this city, for 
orijhan and destitute children, one of the worth- 
iest institutions of its kind in the country. 
When others said to him he could never suc- 
ceed in accomplishing these measures, he only 
worked the harder and adopted other methods 
and was untiring in his efforts to carry out his 
long cherished jilans, and he left no stone un- 
turned, but from the governor and the leading 
politicians of both parties, down to the in- 
dividual members, he continued his persistent 
and unceasing eliforts until they were crowned 
with abundant success. In this matter, as in 
all others he was interested in, he had the 
respect and confidence of the leading men of 
the legislature. They felt that he was right 
and they admired his perseverance, his cour- 
age, his energy and his integrity of character. 
He succeeded in his efforts and was one of the 
trustees of the home from that time until his 
death. I le was a recognized leader in the tem- 
perance cause and was much sought for to ad- 
dress the people upon this subject far and 
wide. He was always very earnest, enter- 
taining and interesting in his addresses, and 
it was a ])leasure to listen to him. 

He married, April 8, 1849, Alary Ann Jef- 
fords, born February 17, 1828, died November 
28, 1906, daughter of Allen Cleveland and 
Ann Eliza ( Robinson ) Jeffords. .-Mien C. Jef- 
fords was a son of Aniasa Jeft'ords, who was 
born in 1748. at Woodstock, Connecticut, and 
marriecl (first) Sally Cleveland, and (second) 
Sarah Clift'ord. John Jeffords, father of Amasa, 
was a soldier at the battle of ISunker Hill, in 



1775. and his father was killed in the French 
and Indian war. George Sherwood died May 
24, 1903. His children: Florence, married, 
June 25, 1874, Charles Emery Bliss (see Bliss 
IX) ; \'iola, died July i, 1903; Carl G., who 
resides in South Dakota, in the political affairs 
of which state he had taken an active part, 
having been a state senat(ir and a member of 
the first constituti(jnal convention, married, 
February 10, 1885, Xellie Fountain, children: 
(leorge Fountain, Harry Allen (deceased), 
Mary Carlton and Dolly Viola: William J., 
married, October 31, 1902, lona May Bills, 
and had; Nellie, Mason William (deceased) 
and Harold : Grace Eliza, mentioned below. 

(Vni) Grace Eliza, daughter of lion. 
George Sherwood, was born in riinghamton, 
married Charles F. Parker, born September 1 1, 
1 87 1 (see Parker III). 

(The Parker Line). 

(I) .\sa Parker, first of the famil}- in New 
York state, came thither from the village of 
Green Mountain, X'ermont, and settled at Port 
Crane, near Binghamton. He married ]\lary 
Wilson. Children: Polly, married Matthew 
Carroll ; Caroline, married Joel Scott : Eliza, 
married Hervey Cronk ; Henry, married (first) 
Olive Prentice, (second) Sarah Scoville ; Mor- 
gan; Obadiah, mentioned below; Emily, mar- 
ried Norman Bacon ; Daniel. 

(II) Obadiah, son of Asa Parker, was born 
June 23, 1824, died March 10, 1906. He mar- 
ried, June 18, 1859, Candace White. Children; 
Delphine, married, December 25, 1878, Ed- 
ward Hopkins, and had Elizabeth, Hattie, 
Freeman, Amelia, Edward and George ; Ida 
May, born February 4. 1865, married, Febru- 
ary 15, 1888, Emory Wells; Carrie J., April 
3, 1866, married, November 17, 1905, Avery 
Dart; George H., October 3, 1867, married, 
November 16, 1892, Emma Pond, and had 
Florence and Howard ; Edith May ; Frank, 
born February 20, 18(19; Charles F., mention- 
ed below. 

(III) Charles F., son of Obadiah Parker, 
was born September 11, 1871 ; married. Sep- 
tember I, 1898, Grace Eliza, daughter of (jcorge 
and Mary .'\nn Sherwood (see Sherwood III). 
Children ; Sherwood, born May 30, 1902 ; Carl 
-Sherwood. November 14, 1905. 

(The Howland Line). 

(I) John Howland, the "Mayflower" ances- 
tor, was born in England, in 1593, and came in 

the "Mayflower," with the first company of 
Pilgrims, in 1620. 

(II) Desire Howland, daughter of John 
Howland, was born at Plymouth, in 1(123. She 
married Captain John Gorham, of Briersfield, 
England, who won fame in King Philip's war, 
and the town of Gorham, Maine, named for 
him. has erected a monument in his memory. 

(III) Jabez Gorham, scjn of John and De- 
sire (Howland) (jorham. married Hannah 
(Sturges) (jray. a widow, and had a son Jo- 
se])h, mentioned below. 

(IV) Joseph, son of Jabez (jorham, was 
born at Bristol, Rhode Island, .\ugust 22, 1692, 
died January 11, 1773. He married, January 
13, 1726, Deborah Barlow, born at Fairfiekl. 
Connecticut, May 3. 1705, antl harl a daugh- 
ter Mary who married, March 24, 1761, John 
.Sherwood (see Sherwood IV). 

The MacDonalds of liing- 
M.\cDON.\LD hamton, New York, de- 
scend from the famous 
Scotch clan of that name, who, both numerous 
and powerful, have figured so prominently in 
the history of Scotland, known as the Flora 
MacDonald clan, The maternal line traces to the 
Marquis de Boquet, of France, a Fluguenot, 
who escaped from the King's palace on the 
night of the "Massacre of St. Bartholomew," 
and found asylum in England, where he mar- 
ried and had a daughter. She married a nephew 
of Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir \\'illiam Arnold. The 
first generation of MacDonalds in .America be- 
gins with Thomas MacDonald, of Scotland, 
who came to America with his family, settling 
in Hoboken. later at Guttenburg, Hudson coun- 
ty, New Jersey, 'where he purchased land, 
erected a home and cultivated the soil until his 

( II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Mac- 
Donald. was born in Scotland, about the year 
1740. He came to America with his parents, 
settled with them on the Guttenburg, New 
Jersey, farm which he afterward owned. He 
followed the occupation of a farmer, supple- 
menting this by that of a fisherman of the 
neighboring bays and rivers, then most bounti- 
fully stocked with the finest of food fish. The 
produce raised on the farm found ready sale 
in New York City, being transported across 
the Hudson in small boats or barges. He mar- 
ried and among his children was Thomas, see 

(III) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) 



MacDonald, was born on the homestead farm 
in Guttenburg, Hudson county. New Jersey, 
about 1770. He followed the occupations of 
farmer and fisherman, and passed a life 
similar to that of his father, cultivating his 
fields and in the season drawing his nets, and 
finding a good market for all he could produce 

in the city across the river. He married 

. Children: 1. Thomas (4). married 

Jennie English. 2. Jeremiali. of further men- 
tion. 3. James, married Elizabeth . 4. 

Sarah Maria, married James Demorcst Mc- 
Donald. 5. Rudolphus, married -Sarah Ann 
Gardner. 6. David, married Mary Sedore. 

(I\') Jeremiah, son of Thomas (3) Mac- 
Donald, was born in Guttenburg, Hudson coun- 
ty. New Jersey, December 19, 1807, died July 
26, 1880. He was educated in the town schools, 
and forsaking the farm and bays learned the 
trade of cabinet-maker with Henry Lee, nf 
New York City. After completing his years 
of apprenticeshi]x he began as a journeyman 
with Joseph Bradley, at 317 Pearl street. New 
York City. Tliey sold out their business to 
Creore & Rogers, who were succeeded by James 
T. Pratt & Company, they in turn selling out 
to Swaim & Company, with whom Jeremiah 
MacDonald was connected for many years, 
continuing until within a few years of his de- 
cease. During all the firm changes mentioned. 
he remained with each succeeding firm, work- 
ing for forty-seven years at his trade in the 
same building, at the same number, 317 Pearl 
street. His residence was in New York City, 
at 129 East Fiftieth street, between Third and 
Lexington avenues (now No. 131 ). He was a 
member of the P)aptist church; a Democrat in 
politics, and a member of the Tammany Hall 
organization from its foundation. He mar- 
ried (first), February 16, 1832. Susan Whit- 
church, born April i, 1812, died May 7. 1848: 
married (second). May i, 1852, Rebecca .\nn 
Howland, born July 7, 181 7, died January 7. 
1904 (see Howland). Children by first wife: 
1. Thomas Whitchurch, born November 20, 
1832, died August 11, 1836. 2. Charles H., 
born June 2, 1835, died June id, 1863. prob- 
ably at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, while serving 
as a soldier in the L^nion army, during the 
civil war. 3. Thomas Whitchurch (2). born 
October 15. 1839, died .August 7, 1847. Child 
by second wife: 4. Jeremiah (2). of further 

(V) Dr. Jeremiah (2) MacDonald. son of 
Jeremiah (t) and Rebecca Ann (Howland) 

MacDonald, was born in New York City, 129 
East Fiftieth street, May 22. 1859. He was 
educated in the city schools, public and private, 
and as a child and youth became deeply inter- 
ested in the "(Jccult Science." When a lad of 
''ix years he says "1 remember my grand- 
mother Howland telling hair-raising stories 
(she died at age of ninety-six years), and the 
next day 1 would tell them over again to the 
children at school (a small private school kept 
by Miss Rose Failing). I heard so nuich about 
visions, apparitions and clairvoyance that at 
about fourteen years of age I also began to 
'see things' and foretell things that would hap- 
])en, imtil 1 became the wonder of the neigh- 
borhood and began to a]iply myself diligently 
to the study of everything in that line, devot- 
ing especial attention to astronomy, geography, 
mathematics, clairvoyance, medicine, and every 
species of mystery." Xotwithstanding this 
early predilection for the "mysterious," he 
began life as a real estate agent in New York 
City, and contituied for several years with 
offices at 171 Broadway. .At last he decided 
to follow his natural inclinations and entered 
Chicago Medical College, where he was gradu- 
ated M. D. in 1893. He located in Detroit, 
Michigan, later removing to ^liddletown. New 
York, removing to Binghamton, New York, 
in 1895. where he continued the practice of 
medicine, later engaging in the manufacture 
and sale of a proprietary medicine, known as 
Atlas Compound, which he still continues 
(191 1 ). During these years he continued his 
investigation, giving especial attention to astro- 
logy and clairvoyance : traveling as he says 
"Many thousands of miles: accumulated thou- 
sands of rare books: cast more than one hun- 
dre 1 thousand nativities: treated another one 
hundred thousand sick and ailing people : cheer- 
ed the discouraged and foretold peril and dan- 
ger." He is the author of a work on astrology, 
pulilished in 1904. He is a graduate of the 
Chicago School of Psychology; and of the 
.\mcrican .Academy of Physics and Medical 
College; member of St. fluke's Ho.spital, Niles. 
Michigan ; Surgeon's American College of 
.Science, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the 
New York Osteopathic Physicians' Society. 

He married. June 8, 1881. Alida MacDonald 
(a third cousin), born March i, 1839, daugh- 
ter of Abraham and Sarah Ellen MacDonald. 
Children: i. Reuben Howland, born March 
14, 1882: married, October 27, 1910, Lillian, 
daucrhter of Nathaniel Livernmre. 2. .Arthm" 


NEW \()RK. 

Cleveland, born August 28, 1884; married, 
September 12, 1906. Fanny M. Noyes, of Port 
Dickinson, New York. 3. Elsie Dinsmore, 
born May (>, 1887, died July 19, 1888. 4. Edgjar 
Coe, born March i, 1889, died February, 1890. 

(The Howland Line). 

Rebecca Ann ( Howland ) AlacDonald.nidther 
of Dr. Jeremiah MacDonald, is a descendant 
of the Marquis de Boquet, born in France, in 
1542. He was apposed to the Duke of Guise, 
who ruled the kingdom under King Francis II. . 
and to whom the Protestants attributed all 
their calamities. The Duke owed his ascend- 
ency in the kingdom through the marriage of 
his niece Mary, Queen of Scots, with the young 
King, Francis II., who was only fifteen years 
of age when married, and died one year after 
ascending the throne. The Huguenots were 
oath-bound Protestants, who were much ilread- 
ed by the Duke of Guise on account of their 
views on personal freedom. When Francis H. 
died, the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici, 
gave tolerance to free worship throughout 
France. The Duke rashly infringed this ordi- 
nance by disturbing" a Huguenot C(.ingregation, 
which had assembled for worship. The Duke's 
suite attacked the place, stones were thrown 
and swords drawn. The Duke was wounded 
and forty-nine of the Huguenots slain. This 
was in 1562. at Rouen, and then followed the 
frightful religious war, that arrayed family 
against family, noble against noble, town 
against town, until 1572, when Catherine open- 
ed her court to the Huguenots. On August 
23, 1572, the King, Charles IX., gave orders. 
'"Kill all, let none be left to reproach me." At 
midnight, on the eve of St. Bartholomew's 
Day, August 24, 1572, while the palace was fill- 
ed with Huguenot gentlemen, who were attend- 
ant on the King of Navarre, the great Ijell of 
St. Germain rang out as a signal and the 
slaughter began in the palace. Tlie King, mad- 
dened by horror, killed his nurse and surgeon 
and would have killed the Spanish King of 
Navarre, if his (Charles IX.) wife, Elizabeth 
of Austria, had not stepped between them. 
The Marc|uis of Boquet escaped from the 
palace, fled from I'aris. readied the coast in 
safety and continued his flight to England. 
There he married an Englisli lady of title, who, 
in 1584, bore him a daughter, who, in 1616, 
married Sir William Arnold, a nejihew of Sir 
Walter Raleigh. In 1619 Sir William .Arnold 
sailed fcjr .\merica, on -i vessel that sailed a 

few weeks after the "Mayflower" ; was wreck- 
ed on the Connecticut coast, and was rescued 
from the waves by a man named Abijah 
Brown. Sir William in his gratitude declared 
that if ever he had a child born it should be 
called Abijah. In 1624 a daughter was born 
whom he called Abijah; she was later of Am- 
sterdam, Flolland, where, in 1659, she married 
Jacob Van Zanett. In 1661 they had a daugh- 
ter bcTrn to whom was also given the name 
Abijah. In 1686 she married Jacob Arden. 
In 1702 their ilaughter, Boquet Arden, was 
born, who. in 1735, married Jacob Beekman. 
Their daughter Rebecca, born 1742, married 
Henry Wilt. Their daughter, Rebecca Wilt, 
was born March 22, 1784, married Henry How- 
land, a descendant of the English family 
through the New York City branch. Their 
daughter, Rebecca Ann, married Jeremiah 
MacDonald, and they are the parents of Dr. 
Jeremiah MacDonald, of P.inghamton, New 

The Sessions family had its 

SESSIONS origin in Wantage, I5erkshire, 
England. There is at present 
but one family of the name to be found in 
England, in the county of (iloucester. The 
head of this family is, or was lately. Hon. J. 
Sessions, who was mayor of the town of 
Gloucester, at the age of eighty years. His 
three sons were associated with him in a large 
manufacturing business in both Gloucester and 
Cardiff (Whales), under the firm name of J. 
Sessions & Sons. There is also a daughter 
who is actively engaged in benevolent and re- 
formatory work. The mother established and 
built a "Home for the Fallen," which is man- 
aged by members of the family. The entire 
family belongs to the "Society of Friends," 
and Frederick Sessions, besides being at the 
head of a large business, gives his entire time, 
without salary, to reformatory work, lecturing 
and organizing Sunday schools, temperance 
and other beneficient societies. 

The crest of the English Sessions family is 
a griffin's head. This mythological creature 
was sacred to the sun, and according to tradi- 
tion, kept guard over hidden treasure. 

( 1 ) Samuel Sessions, immigrant ancestor, 
came to this country in 1630. He had a son 
.Alexander, mentioned below. 

(II) Alexander, son of Samuel Sessions, 
was born in 1(^^45. and lived in Andover, Massa- 
chusetts, in \(>(n). at the age of twenty-four 



years, according" to a deposition niaile by him, 
January 27, 1669. He married, April 24, 1672, 
Elizabeth, daughter of John Spofford. of Row- 
ley, Massachusetts. After his death, his wife 
married a Mr. Low. Both Ale.xaniler Sessions 
and his wife were members of the church in 
Andover, and continued so until their death. 
He was freeman there, in 1677, and was also 
one of the proprietors of the town, as appears 
by a vote. He died there, February 26, 1689- 
90. His will was admitted to probate, March 
8, 1696-97, and inventoried at one hundred and 
nineteen pounds. His widow was named as 
administratri:5. Mis name was originally spell- 
ed "Sessins," or "Sutchins." Children; John, 
born October 4, 1674 ; .\lexander, October 4, 
1676; Timothy, .April 14, 1678; Samuel, Alarch 
8, 1680, drowned at Bosford, 1750; Nathaniel, 
August 8. i'68i, mentioned below; Josiah, May 
2, 1(184; Joseph, March 28, 1686. 

( HI) Nathaniel, son of Alexander Sessions, 
was born .August 8, 1681, and was one of the 
first settlers of I'omfret, Connecticut. He was 
also a large pro])rietor of Union, Connecticut, 
and bought there, June 12, 1721, of William 
-McCoy, one-thirteenth of the town, but never 
lived there. He sold it to his son Darius, in 

January, 1742. He married Joanna , 

and died at Punifret, in 1771. Children: Eliz- 
abeth, born December 15, 1707; Nathaniel, 
(Jctolier 22. 1709; John, August 18, i/i I ; 
.Mexander, October 4, 1713,3! Warren, Massa- 
chusetts ; .\masa.1715 ; Darius, August 11, 17 17, 
graduated from Yale College, 1737, lieutenant- 
governor of colony of Rhode Island, 1745; 
Simeon, February 11, 1720; Abner, March 4, 
1722, mentioned below ; Mary, August 4, 1724; 
-\bijah, February I, 1726, mentioned below; 
Joanna, January 19, 1729. 

(IV) Abner, son of Nathaniel Sessions, wai 
born March 4. 1722. He settled in Union, 
Connecticut. He was town clerk from 1747 
until 1780; was captain of the militia antl 
justice of the peace .some thirty years; was 
active in the struggle for independence and was 
for many years deacon of the Congregational 
cluirch. He died February, 1781. He mar- 
ried Mary Wyman, widow of Ebenezer \\'y- 
luan. first Congregational minister of Union. 
Children: Ebenezer, mentioned below; Silence, 
born 1749; Mary, 1751. 

(V) Ebenezer, son of Abner Sessions, was 
born at Union, March 6, 1748. He married. 
May 13, 1769, Huldah Hayward, of Ashford, 
Connecticut. Children : Anna, married Cap- 

tain Robert Paul, and their daughter Marcia 
married Lyman Sessions (see Sessions \ I ) ; 
Abner ; Ebenezer. 

(IV) Abijali. son of Nathaniel Sessions, 
was born February i, 1726, in I'omfret. He 
was a farmer by occupation, and, about 1752, 
removed to Union, Tolland county, Connecti- 
cut. He had a gift deed of two hundred and 
ninety acres of lanrl there, March 4, 1750, 
from his father. He married, about 1752, jo- 
anna, daughter of Isaac Dana, of I'omfret, 
who died March 20, 1797. He is said to have 
been a large, strongly-built man, and died April 
12, 1753, in consequence of over-exertion and 
fatigue, caused by participation in a wolf hunt. 
His widow never married and was rendered 
partly insane by grief over his deatli. Child, 
Abijah, mentioned below. 

(V) Abijah (2), sou of Abijah (i) Ses- 
sions, was born June 2, 1751. He passed his 
early life in Ptnnfret, but went back to Union 
when twenty-one years of age. He was a 
soldier in the revolution ; served first as a per- 
sonal attendant of General Israel Putnam and 
afterwards as ensign. He served through three 
campaigns; was at Cambridge and at the battle 
of AVhite Plains, where he was slightly wound- 
ed. After the war he settled in Union, and 
was known as Colonel Sessions, from holding 
that office in the state militia for a long time. 
He was a selectman for many years, justice 
of the peace thirty years, and fdso in the state 
legislatiu'e for many years. He died July 6, 
1834. He married Hannah May, of Holland, 
Massachusetts, February 8, 1778. She was 
born February 17, 1754, died .\pril 14, 1845, 
daughter of Nehemiah May, of Holland. Chil- 
dren ; William Pitt, born F'ebruary 6, 1779; 
Sarah W., September 5, 1780; Louisa, March 
10. 1782: Joanna, February 11, 1784; Hannah, 
December 11, 1789; Abijah, April 12, 1791 ; 
Lyman, .April 7, 1793, mentioned below ; Olive, 

November 11, 1794: Alary, married 

Dana, same family as Richard H. and Charles 
.A. Dana; the}' had two children, Jare<l and 

( \'I ) Lyman, son of .Abijah (2) .Sessions, 
was born April 7, 1793. He was justice of 
the peace, selectman and member of the legis- 
lature. He was a farmer, merchant and manu- 
facturer by occupation. He luarried, January 
16. 1823, Marcia, daughter of Captain Robert 
and Anna (Sessions) Paul. Children: i. Jo- 
anna Dana, born December i, 1826, died June 
TO, 1875. 2. Alarcia Paul, May 13. 1831. died 



1890: married Closson M. Stone; cliildren : 
Fred ; Helen, deceased : Grace ; May, antl Fran- 
ces M. 3. Gilman Lyman, mentioned below. 

(VII) Gilman Lyman, son of Lyman Ses- 
sions, was born at Woodstock, Connecticut. 
February 14, 1833, died July 8, 1900. His early 
life was spent upon the farm of his father at 
Woodstock, in the town of LTnion, Connecti- 
cut, and his early education was in the district 
schools. His studies preparatory for college 
were at Monson Academy and Williston Semi- 
nary, Massachusetts. He entered Dartmouth 
College in the year 1849. and was graduated 
in 1853. After leaving college he taught school 
for several terms in N'ew England, and was 
for a short time an instructor in Latin and 
Greek at a boys' school in Washington, D. C. 
In the year 1855 he located at Binghamton, 
Broome county. New York, and engaged in 
the study of law in the office of Hon. Daniel 
F. Dickinson, and was admitted to practice as 
an attorney and counselor in the state of New 
York, at a general term of the supreme court, 
held at the village of Delhi, Delaware county, 
in July, 1856, and soon thereafter he com- 
menced the practice of his profession at Bing- 
hamton. He was a law partner of (jeorge 
Bartlett, who died in 1870, and after that date 
became a partner of Daniel S. Richards, which 
partnership continued for a period of about 
seven years. 

During a period of several years, commenc- 
ing about 1862, Mr. Sessions" health became 
im])aired and he spent several years in change 
and travel, visiting the principal cities and 
health resorts of Europe, and, in about the 
year 1869, he returned to Binghamton, re- 
sumed his practice and was busily engaged as 
a practicing attorney for a period of more 
than twenty-five years from that time. He 
attained honor and distinction in his profession 
and gave much attention to literary matters, 
writing many papers on public and historical 
questions and doing considerable in poetry and 
verse. His private library of general works 
was one of the most complete in the city of 

In politics he maintained his independence, 
although usually voting with the Republican 
party. He never sought public office, yet was 
keenly interested in public afifairs. During 
the latter years of his practice, partly on ac- 
count of lack of perfect health and partly on 
count of ])referment, he gave u|) the practice 
of active litigation for the more pleasant branch 

of a lawyer's business, such as examination of 
titles, general consultation, probate court busi-' 
ness and the management of large trusts and 
estates. For a period of many years he was 
a trustee and vice-president of the Bingham- 
ton Savings Bank and its general counsel ; also 
a director and officer of the Suscjuehanna \'al- 
ley i^>ank, which offices he held up to the time 
of his death. 

On November 22, 1866, he married Eliza 
Hartlett, born July 20, 1835, died October 16, 
1904, daughter of Robert S. and Dorcas M. 
Bartlett. Dorcas M. Bartlett was born April 
14, 1812, daughter of Colonel Loring Bart- 
lett and granddaughter of Sylvanus Bartlett. 
The children of Robert S. and Dorcas M. 
ISartlett were Eliza, mentioned above; John 
Stephens Bartlett, born December 15, 1838; 
James Henry Bartlett, born February 15, 1841 ; 
George Loring Bartlett, born November 15, 
1852; Georgianna I'artlett, twin sister of 
George Loring, married Oliver W. Sears. 

( \'III ) George Dana, son of Gilman Lyman 
Sessions, was born in Binghamton, New York, 
May 6, 1877. He attended the public schools 
there and graduated from the Binghamton high 
school in 1895. He entered Hamilton College 
in the fall of that year, and was graduated in 
the class of 1899. After completing his college 
course he studied law in his father's office and 
in the law office of Theodore R. Tuthill, at 
liinghamton, and also in the New York Law 
School. He was admitttd to the bar, Novem- 
ber 20, 1901, and immediately thereafter began 
the practice of his profession in Binghamton. 
In politics he is a Republican. He is a mem- 
ber of several clubs, ^n officer of the Bingham- 
ton Country Club, and of Otseningo Lodge, 
Free and .Accepted Masons, at Binghamton. 

He married, June 2~. 1903, Margaret Emma, 
daughter of Mrs. Margaret Clark, of Tomp- 
kinsville, Staten Island, New York. They have 
two children, (iilman Lyman Sessions and 
Margaret Clark Sessions, both born on July 6, 
1904. Mr. Sessions still resides in the home 
built by his father, in 1876, on Court street, in 
Binghamton, and his children were born in the 
same house in which he was. 

Among the representative fam- 
Cl'RTISS dies of Central New York, 
whose members, by dint of per- 
severance and energy have risen to a com- 
manding place in the professional world, should 
be mentioned the Curtiss family, represented 

.\I':\V YORK. 


by the eminent United States district attorney, 
and compiler of the great work. "Protection 
and Prosperity." George B. Curtiss. of Bing- 
hamton. New York, who was born at Alt. 
Morris. Livingston county, Xew "S'ork. Sep- 
tember 1 6, 1852. 

He traces his hne through George to Rozell 
Curtiss. who was the son of Samuel Curtiss, 
an English sea captain, and the founder of the 
family in this country. The early history of 
the different branches of this family is too 
well known to need repetition here ; suffice to 
say that among them was William Curtiss. 
who came to Xew England in the ship "Eion." 
in 1632, and settled in Boston, later in Rox- 
bury, Massachusetts; Richard, William and 
John, who settled in Scituate, Massachusetts, 
in 1643. and a number of others who were 
among the pioneer families of the New World. 

(I) Rozell Curtiss, mentioned above as the 
son of Samuel, was born about 1785, in Royal- 
ton. \'ermont. He later removed to Livings- 
ton county, New^ York, to the town of Mt. 
Morris, and took a prominent part in the af- 
fairs of that section. He was a farmer, and. 
as were many of the early pioneers who clear- 
ed the new country, also engaged to quite an 
extent in lumbering. A man of a considerable 
intelligence, with a knowledge of surveying, 
which profession he followed to a certain ex- 
tent, he also took a j)rominent part in the mili- 
tary affairs of the state, rising through the 
various ranks to that of brigadier-general, 
which office lie held for some years. He spent 
his life, after coming to New ^'nrk state, in 
Mt. Morris, where he died and is buried. 

He married Rachel French, born in Xew 
Hampshire, in 1802, died at Marengo, Illinois, 
in 1892. When a child of twelve years she 
travelled from Xew Hampshire to Livingston 
county. New York, with her brother, making 
the journey on horseback in the middle of win- 
ter. Children: i. George, of further mention. 2. 
John, married Sophrona Marsh ; children : 
Olive, Frank, John, May, Samuel and Irene. 
3. Frank S., attended Antioch College, 'S'ellow 
Springs, Ohio, and Oberlin College, graduating 
at the latter. He settled in Chicago, where 
he was admitted to the bar in 1860-61. He 
enlisted in the Union army, as first lieutenant 
of the Fifteenth Illinois Volunteer Regiment, 
and, after serving about a year, resigned and 
reenlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty- 
seventh Regiment, Illinois \'olunteers, of which 

he became major and later colonel, and was 
in command when the war closed. After the 
war he settled in St, Louis, Missouri, where 
he was attorney for the Missouri Pacific Rail- 
road until his death, in i8i)8. He married 
Mattie Pope, of C^hio. diildren : Leroy and 
Lillian. 4. Ira R., attended college at Antioch, 
C)hio. and Union ( New York ) College, grad- 
uating from the latter in 1859 or i860. He 
located at Marengo, Illinois, where he became 
a well-known lawyer and banker, and still re- 
sides. He married Josephine Dayton, no issue. 
(Ill) George, son of Rozell and Rachel 
(French) Curtiss, was born about 1819; died 
at \'icksburg, Mississippi, July 2, 1863. He 
followed agricultural pursuits, removing to 
Illinois in 1836, settling in McHenry county, 
near Marengo, where he remained until 1861, 
when he enlisted in the L'nion army, serving 
in the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Regi- 
ment, Illinois \'olunteer Infantry. This regi- 
ment formed a part of the army under Gen- 
eral ( irant, at X'icksburg. He died shortly be- 
fore the surrender of General Pemberton. and 
was buried at the foot of a great cottonwood 
tree, standing near the river bank. In 1867 
Cokine! Frank S, Curtiss visited the spot to 
remove the remains to a northern burying- 
gripund, but found the river had encroached 
and carried away the tree and immediate vicin- 
it\'. ("icorge Curtiss married 1 luldah Hart 
Bougliton, daughter of Harry and Elizabeth 
(Gordon) Boughton (according to Boughton 
genealogy) (data says Huldah Hart Boughton, 
daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Hart) 
Boughton). Huldah Boughton was the daugh- 
ter of Harry, son of Hezekiah (2), son of 
Hezekiah ( i). son" of Eleazer. son of John (2) 
and Sarah (Greggorie) P>oughton. John (2) 
was the third child of John Boughton (i), son 
(as is supposed) of Count Nicholas Boughton. 
John (i) was a Huguenot, who fled from 
France to England, thence to America, landing 
at Boston, ATassachusetts, in December, 1635, 
from the barque "Assurance." He married 
(first) Joan Turney, lived in Boston and 
Watertown, Massachusetts ; was an early set- 
tler at flartford and Norwalk, Connecticut: 
representative to the general court of Connecti- 
cut, and served in many responsible capacities 
at Xorwalk. where his wife died. He married 
(second), January i, 1656, Abigail Alarvin : 
married (third), 1673, Mrs. Mary Stevenson. 
John Boughton (2) was a son of second wife. 



Huldah (Boughton) Curtiss died on the farm, 
at Marengo, Illinois, in 1873, having survived 
her husband ten years. 

ChiUlren : i. \\'illiam Henry, born 1849, died 
at ^larengo, Illinois, December, 1905 ; he was 
a veterinary surgeon. 2. George Boughton, of 
further mention. 3. Rozell Morgan, born 1856, 
studied medicine, and is a practicing physician 
of Marengo, Illinois; married (first) Sarah 
Sears: died without issue: (second) Adela 
Stull : child, Hulda Elizabeth, 4. Ira Oliver, 
educated at Oberlin (Ohio) College; prepared 
for the practice of law, was admitted to the 
bar, and located at Aberdeen, South Dakota ; 
was elected state senator in 1908, reelected in 
1910; married, no issue. 

(R') George Boughton, son of George and 
Huldah (Boughton) Curtiss, was born at Mt. 
Morris, Livingston county. New York, Se])- 
tember 16, 1852. His early life was spent on 
the farm, near Marengo, where his parents 
removed when he was four years old. He was 
educated in the public schools and at Marengo 
Academy. In the spring of 1875 he entered 
the Northwestern Business College, Madison, 
Wisconsin, being graduated in the following 
September. During the following v^inter he 
taught a private school and a class in penman- 
ship. In April, 1876, he came to Binghamton, 
Xew Y'ork, where for four years he was in- 
structor in penmanship and bookkeeping, at 
Lowell's Business College. He had, as a young 
man, been ambitious to become a lawyer, and 
bent all his energy in this direction. During 
this period he read law, and with Professor 
Magoris, of the high school, also took a spe- 
cial scientific course. He pursued legal studies 
under Hotchkiss & Millard, of Binghamton. 
also with A. D. Wales. During the general 
term of the supreme court, held at Ithaca, in 
May, 1880, he passed the rec|uired examina- 
tions, and was admitted to the bar. In 1880 
he opened a law office in Binghamton. In a 
very short time he began to attract attention 
for his marked ability. .Mthough a [perfect 
stranger in the city of I'.inghamton, he rose 
rapidly to a prominent position at the bar. His 
first case before the su])erior court was the de- 
fense of \'ictoria Scott, a colored girl, charged 
with the crime of murder. The case was ably 
prosecuted by David II. Carver, the then dis- 
trict attorney of Broome county, assisted by 
.Alexander Cummings as counsel, yet so skill- 
ful was the defense by Mr. Curtiss that, after 
a remarkable trial lasting one week, his client 

was only convicted of manslaughter in the 
fourth degree, and sentenced to eighteen 
months in prison. This case attracted a vast 
amount of favorable comment from the press, 
and in the fall of that year, 1883, Mr. Curtiss 
was nominated for district attorney of Broome 
county, and, as a result of the favorable im- 
pression which he had made upon both the 
press and the public, was elected to this office. 
He served three years, and, in 1886, was again 
elected, serving till 1889 — two terms of three 
years each. During this entire time he never 
drew a defective indictment, and, in addition 
to all of the other business connected with, 
this office, he conducted one hundred and 
twenty criminal prosecutions, and although all 
were ably defended by the best legal talent, he 
was successful in nearly every case ; in fact, 
but twelve were decided against him. In 1886 
he formed a partnership with Taylor L. Arms, 
the firm being known as Arms & Curtiss. This 
continued till 1889, when Mr. Arms was elect- 
ed county judge and surrogate, and the part- 
nership was dissolved. From 1892 to 1896 
he was associated with W. W. Kewell as part- 
ner. In 1900 he was appointed by President 
McKinley. L^nited States district attorney, ami 
has been reappointed successively by Presi- 
dents Roosevelt and Taft; his present term 
will expire in 1913. January i, 1901, he again 
formed a partnership with Judge Taylor L. 
Arms and Thomas J. Keenan, under the firm 
name of Curtiss, Arms & Keenan. The firm con- 
tinued a successful career until 1908, when it 
was dissolved by the death of Judge Arms. 
Theodore Tuthill was then admitted as the 
jmiior partner, and as Curtiss, Keenan & Tut- 
hill. the firm still cont-inues. 

For more than a quarter of a century Mr. 
Curtiss has appeared in the most important 
trials in Broome county, during which time he 
has been called upon to cope with the ablest 
lawyers in southern New York, and in all cases 
his adroitness, legal acumen, and thorough 
knowledge of the law have been readily recog- 
nized by his opponents. During all his ])ublic 
career, first as prosecutor for the county and 
later as L'nited States district attorney, he has 
proved a valuable official, doing his duty fear- 
lessly. His actions have commanded the at- 
tention of the leading jurists in the L'nited 
States courts, and upon each appointment by 
the President, he has received many flattering 
letters from the judges and others. He stands 
high in the legal fraternity, and holds the re- 




spect of all. His practice is very large, and his 
career is one that he can review with satisfac- 

But it is not only as a great lawyer that Mr. 
Curtiss has achieved distinction, but in a far 
wider scope as a speaker and writer on the 
subject of the tariff. For thirty years he has 
devoted all of his leisure time to a close study 
of this great subject, and, in 1896, he published 
his first work upon this subject, under the title. 
"Protection and Prosperity," an account of 
the tariiif legislation and its effect in Europe 
and .\merica. Introduction written by Will- 
iam McKinley and Thomas B. Reed. Air. 
AIcKinley says in his introduction: 

The value of such an exhaustive work to students 
comes from the fact that the author shows in the 
logical order pursued the economic conditions which 
suggested and brought into existence protective prin- 
ciples and has given the historical origin of the 
essential principles. While writing from the pro- 
tective standpoint there is no indication of any hobby 
or new scheme of political econoiny. The apparent 
endeavor is to show what the experience of business 
men and the practices of nations have proven to be 
wise, just and beneficient ; that the principles of pro- 
tection had their origin with the institution of society 
and governments, and are a necessary part of that 
policy under wliich civilization has advanced. 

Speaker Reed says in his intr(.)duction : 

The book which Mr. Curtiss has written is unlike 
any other which has been presented on the subject 
in its method of treatment, and in the width of 
range. * * * The calin and careful history in this 
book of the protection system in England which pre- 
ceded the Cobden movement, and the history of the 
Cobden movement itself will go far to rectify the 
false ideas which have been so long prevalent, an<l 
if it contained nothing else will be worth all the book 
will cost and all the trouble of understanding the 
story therein narrated. * * * This book is also the 
story of how the nations discovered that the best 
way to be protected and prosperous was not to leave 
things alone but to use their brains and make things 
better. * * * This book gives the history of experi- 
ments tried all over the world of the two systems 
and the results which have followed. It teaches 
what the facts teach and nothing more. It does not 
teach that this law or that law, this rate or that rate, 
is essential to national success ; for rates change with 
circumstances and laws with conditions ; but it teaches 
that protection whether it be at one rate or another, 
whether it be by one law or another, so long as it is 
protection it is the sole essential. 

It contains eight hundred and sixty-four 
pages and embraces a history of the tariff 
question of all nations from the earliest time 
to 1895. On account of the importance of the 
silver c|uestion which was injected into the 

campaign of 1896, entirely supplanting the 
tarilT question as a political issue, only ab(jut 
fifteen hundred copies of "Protection and Pros- 
])erity" were sold, about four hundred of which 
were suld in England. L'pon Lord Masham's 
(who was president of the Fair Trade League 
of I'jigland ) attention being called to the work, 
he voluntarily sent a circular to all of the lords 
and members of parliamenf, in which he said 
that "Tt was by far the most important and 
comprehensive work ever published." Pro- 
fessor Gunton, reviewing the work in Gunton's 
Magaciiic of .liiirrican Hcouoiiucs and Political 
Science, sail] : 

The work itself has elements of breadth, perma- 
nence and endurance reaching not only far beyond 
any presidential campaign and beyond the limits of 
any single country, but beyond also the popularity 
or permanence of any particular form of govern- 
mental institutions or type of national civilization. 
For neither in Europe nor America has there ever 
lieen furnished in a single purely historical work the 
tnaterials for so exhaustive a study or for so suc- 
cessful a mastering of the Tariff Question in all its 

The part of the work devoted to the British tariff 
policy far exceeds in e.xhaustivencss and value the 
writings of any Englishman and even of Sir .\rchi- 
bald .Mison, an achievement to which we had not 
thought any American would be equal. 

Of Mr. Curtiss we may say he has found enough 
to compel every statesman, publicist, economist and 
historian who desires to say anything bearing on the 
tariff cjueslion, to carefully study the question over 
again. It will not do not to know the new matter 
here brought to light. 

The above are selected from scores of a 
similar nature written by the most learned men 
not only of the L'nited States but of England 
as well, each and all of whom admit that it is 
by far the most exhaustive work ever publish- 
ed upiin this or any kindred subject, and is the 
oidy complete consecutive history of the tariff 
from a protective standpoint ever written up 
to the date of its publication. 

On account of urgency of friemls who de- 
sired that the work appear in the campaign oi 
1896, which at that time it was thought would 
be fought on the tariff (|uestion, the work was 
published before Mr. Curtiss' plan had been 
entirely worked out, and the history of tlie 
United' .States prior to i860 was greatly abbre- 
viated. Since that time Mr. Curtiss has been 
carrying out his original decision, and will 
soon bring out a new edition contained in two 
volumes, the first to be devoted entirely to the 
tariff' question in foreign countries, the second 
volume to the United States. The latter volume 



will contain a carefully written account of the 
industrial life and development of the Amer- 
ican colonists from the earliest time to the 
adoption of the Federal Constitution, and the 
most complete and exhaustive history of the 
tariff legislation from 1789 to i860 that has 
been written. The data pertaining to the his- 
tory of all nations will also be brought down 
to the present time. 

Mr. Curtiss has always been an ardent su])- 
porter of the Republican party, and while 
political preferment has ever been within his 
reach, he has declined all such except his pro- 
fessional appointments. He has spent much 
time in the selection of a library of the choicest 
literature, comprising works upon a large num- 
ber of subjects, among which are over one 
thousand volumes and four hundred pamphlets 
upon the tariff question, this exceeding any 
private collection in the L'nited States, in fact, 
any public collection, except that of the Con- 
gressional Library, at Washington. 

Mr. Curtiss married, May 7, 1888, Mary D., 
daughter of Calvin and Elizabeth Bliss, of 
Lisle. Broome county. New York. Of this 
marriage two children have been born : Eliza- 
beth Hulda. .August i, 1890; Isabella Bliss, 
June 22, 1894. 

Sergeant George Darrow, the 
DARROW first of the family in this coun- 
try, settled at New London, 
Connecticut, about 1675, and died there, in 
1704. He married, about 1678, Mary, widow 
■of George Sharsvvood, and she died in 1698. 
He married (second), August 10, 1702, Eliza- 
beth Marshall, of Hartford. The children 
were : Christopher, baptized at New London, 
December i, 1678; George, October 17, 1680; 
Nicholas, May 20, 1683; Jane, April 17, 1692. 

( I ) Richard Darrow, probably nephew of 
George Darrow, was born in May, 1682, antl 
was, according to family tradition, of Welsh 
descent. He resided first in New London, and 
later located at East Haven, Connecticut, on 
an island that separates the town from Bran- 
ford and is still called Darrow's Island. After- 
ward he removed to the center of the town, 
where he died March 19, 1775, aged ninety- 
two yearsA ten months. He married Sarah 
She]5ard. Children, born at East Haven: Rich- 
ard, May, 171 1 : John, June, 1713 ; John, Octo- 
ber 24, 1716; Ebenezer, mentioned below. 

(II) Ebenezer, son of Richard Darrow, the 
only child to grow to maturity, was born in 

1719, at East Haven. He married Lydia .Aus- 
tin. In 1760 they moved to Plymouth, Con- 
necticut. He was a shoemaker by trade and 
also a farmer. Children, born at East Haven : 
Ebenezer, March, 1743: Abigail, July 29, 

1745, married (first) Johnson, of West 

Haven, and (second) Bishop; Jemima, 

February or July 9, 1748. married Benjamin 
Barnes ; Asa, mentioned below ; Titus, July or 
.Se|)tember 15, 1753, soldier in the revolution, 
married, in 1778, .Anna Hill: Eunice, married 
John Warren: Lydia, born 1759. 

(Ill) Asa, son of Ebenezer Darrow, was 
born at East Haven, May 22, 1750. He learn- 
ed his father's trade as shoemaker, and follow- 
ed it. He died in Plymouth, Connecticut, No- 
vember 16, 1821. He married Lyrlia Bartholo- 
mew. Children, born at Plymouth : Martha, 
July 15, 1775, married David Roice : Lydia, 
December 13, 1778, married J. Morton; Lucy, 
March 12, 1781, married Ebenezer French; 
Asa, mentioned below; Andrew S., March 3, 
1785. married (first) Nancy Adkins, who died 
May 16, 1815, and (second) Phoebe Woodin ; 
Rosella, Alarch 19, 1787, married John Brad- 
ley; Freelove, September 17, 1789; Jania, May 
12, 1792. 

(I\') Asa (2), son of Asa (i) Darrow. 
was born January 11, 1783. He was a farmer 
and shoemaker. He married Clarissa Birch- 
ard and settled at Farmington, Connecticut. 
Children : John ; .Asa B., mentioned below ; 
Clarissa, Maria, George and Charles. 

(\') Asa B., son of Asa (2) Darrow, mar- 
ried Sarah Garner. Among their children was 
Ralph Samuel, mentioned below. 

(\T) Ralph Samuel, son of Asa B. Dar- 
row, was born September 18, 1840, in Con- 
necticut, died at Binghamton, New York, De- 
cember 13, 1889. He came to Binghamton 
with his parents when he was six years old, 
and was educated there in the public schools, 
academy and business college. He was em- 
ployed for a time as clerk by the firm of Pres- 
ton & Sears, and afterwards in the bank of 
Judge Phelps. In ])artnership with David 
Hogg, he engaged in the hay, grain and feed 
business in Bingliamton. .After a few years 
the firm was dissolved and the business was 
continued by Mr. Darrow as long as he lived, 
with abundant and substantial success. He was 
a member of the board of education of Bing- 
hamton for several years. In politics he was 
a Republican. In religion he was a prominent 
Methodist and for a number of years was 



superintendent of the Sunday school and also 
on the official board of the Methodist church 
up to his death. 

He married, September 30. 18(14, Louise, 
daughter of John C. and lietsey ( Seaverson ) 
Moore (see Moore II). They have one child. 
Ray S., born November 17, 1870. 

(The Moore Line). 

(I) Andrew Moore was, according to fam- 
ily tradition, a major in the American army, 
and was killed in the revolutionary war, lie 
married Louise Remington. Children: Jdhn 
C. ; Emeline. married Solomon Orcutt ; Lima. 
married Alonzo Kattell : Folly, died young; 
Harriet, married Cornelius DeW'itt ; B. Frank- 
lin, married Fannie \'an Trump ; George W., 
married Anna \\ ard. .Andrew Moore was an 
early settler in P)inghamton and owned sev- 
eral farms within the limits of the present 
city, but then the town of I'inghamton. 

(II) John C., son of .\ndrew Moore, was 
born in Binghamton, on his father's homestead, 
about iSof). died in 18A4. He was educated 
there in the public schools and for a few years 
taught school. He studied medicine but never 
practiced. He was county clerk and held other 
offices of trust, and was prominent in the 
Methodist church, of which for many years 
he was superintendent of the Sunday school. 
He married Betsey, daughter of Peter and 
Maria Seaverson. Children, born at Bingham- 
ton : Louise, married Ralph Samuel Darrow 
(see Darrow \ I ) ; John .\.. married F'hebe 
Rhinevautt, and had : Minnie. Ida, Carrie and 
Charles; George, born 1840, married Belle 
Towner, and had ; Anna, Georgia, Bessie and 
Ethel ; Charles, married Ida Mead, and had 
Edson and .Arthur. 

|. George Quirin, father of Lniil 
OriRlX J. F. Quirin. was born in West- 
liofFen. .Alsace, then France, now 
in Germany, and died at Olean, Xew York, 
April I, 1907. He came to the Lnited States 
in 1852. and became an apprentice in the calf- 
skin shop of Mercer, in Cambridge, Massachu- 
setts. He then removed to Iowa, where he 
was engaged in the business of tanning imtil 
1807. He returned to the east with his brothers. 
Philip and Jacob, and, in June. 1869. together 
with them, purchased the tannery of the lata 
Colonel William Ransom, at Tioga Centre, 
Xew York, and converted it into an upper 
leather tanncrv. under the firm name of L G. 

Quirin & Com])any. I'hey gave em]5loyment 
to from one hundred to one hundred and fifty 
men in the tanning of wax calf, and were con- 
nected with William C. Quirin & Company, of 
Boston. William C. Quirin remained at the 
head of this firm until his death in 1901. The 
latter firm had a currying shop on Longwood 
avenue. Roxbury, Massachusetts, where two 
hundred men were employetl in finishing the 
])roduct of the tannery. At that time they 
were the largest manufacturers of wax calf- 
skins in the country, ami produced skins of a 
superior quality to the P'rench calfskins then 
in such demand. Philip Quirin died in 187 1, 
and Jacob in 1880. and. in 1887, J. George 
Quirin retired from active business life, and 
spent the remainder of his life on his farm in 
summer, and with his sons, at Olean, in winter. 
Pie was later for a time engaged in operating 
a stuffing mill for a Mr. Hofl:'man, in Somer- 
ville, Massachusetts. .After his retiu'n from 
the west he wrote a number of articles on this 
subject, which appeared in The Shoe and 
Leather Re pari er. in 1867-68-69. and which 
attracted consitlerable attention at that time. 
he having been one of the first men to operate 
machinery for this pur]50se. 

He married Madeleine P>ernliardt. Chil- 
dren; William C. A., married Lilibie Deane ; 
Emil J. F., mentioned below; George L. A., 
married Celia F. Sewell. of Boston ; Frederick, 
died young; Edward X.. married Edna L. 
Earle ; Charles X.. unmarried; Lydia E.. mar- 
ried Etlward Muller : .Albert, deceased ; Frank 
J., married Elma Bromdage, of California; 
Larrie L., deceased ; Angelica F"., unmarried. 

( 11 ) Emil J. F., son of John George Quirin, 
was born in Buffalo, Xew A'ork. February 21, 
1855, and was educated in the schools of 
Owego and at Boston Business College. He 
entered the employ of his father, and later 
became a partner in the firm. He is at present 
general manager of the Quirin Leather Press 
Comjianv. of (31ean. He married. .September 
_'. 1880. Cecilia Eleanor, daughter of Stejihen 
Durkee and Mary Robbins (Magray) Archer 
(see .Archer HI), and they have one child, 
\'iolet Madeleine, born June 21. 1884. 

Mrs. Cecilia Eleanor Quirin had for her 
revolutionary ancestor Joseph Robbins. who 
left the following autoljiography ; 

I w.TS born at Kingston. Plymouth county, in the 
State of Massachusetts, in the year of our Lord 1757. 
When T was between seventeen and eighteen years of 
age I cnhsted the first day of May, 1775, in Middle- 



burg, where I then resided, as a private soldier to 
the American Army in the Revokitionary war, for 
the first eight months' service in Captain Isaac Wood's 
company, under Colonel Cotton Jr., General Thomas' 
brigade. I marched from Middleburg to Roxbury, 
where I served my time out at the siege of Boston. 
Soon after this I enlisted in the same company, but 
under Colonel Bailey's command, in General Heath's 
brigade, for the time of one year, in 1776, and 
marched with the army to New 'V'ork. While I was 
in New York I worked considerably at my trade as 
an artificer. C)n the 25th of December, 1776, I took 
part in the capture of the Hessians at Trenton. My 
time of service e.xpired Jan. ist, 1777. Then I volun- 
teered anew for six weeks longer, and followed 
General Washington into the field of battle at Prince- 
ton. I remained with the army until my six weeks 
was expired, and then was discharged and came 
home and remained until June, 1779, then I enlisted 
in the army and went one campaign with General 
Sullivan, up in the wilderness in the back country, 
to fight the Indians. I think my captain's name was 

Services: 8 months at Roxbury, Mass.; 12 months 
at New York, and there about 1 ' _> month volunteers; 
6 months in General Sullivan's army; 2"/ months and 
twelve days, which I claim a pension for. 

The following will show that his claim for 
pension was successful: 


Revolution-ary Claims. 

I certify that in conformity with the law of the 

United States of the 7th June, 1832, Joseph Robbins, 

of Nova Scotia, who was a Private in the war of the 

Revolution, is entitled to receive eighty dollars and 

cents per annum, during his natural life, 

commencing on the 4th of March, 1831, and 4th of 
September in every year. 

Given at the War Office of the United States, this 
9th day of January, one thousand eight hundred and 
thirty-eight. [Seal] J. R. Pomteli,. 

Secretary of War. 
Examined and Countersigned, 
J. L. Edwards, 

Commissioner of Pensions. 

(The Archer Line). 
For more than five hundred years the fam- 
ily of Archer has been of some note in Eng- 
land. Like the origin of most patronymics of 
the earlier Anglo-Sa.xon period, that of Archer 
appears to be involved in some obscurity, and 
it is doubtful whether the armorial bearings of 
the family were derived from the name and 
that still earlier from the occupation or pro- 
fession of archery, or were assumed, either in 
fanciful reference to the name or in allusion to 
the tenure by which John Archer, champion 
to Thomas, earl of Warwick, held his estates 
of that noble, namely, annual payinent of 
twelve broad arrows. The Archer family of 
Umberslade has been the principal family of 

the name in England. The line of descent 
down to the time that the American ancestor 
of the Archer family left England is given 
below : 

Fulbert Archer came to England with Will- 
iam, the Conqueror, and his name is on the 
roll of Battle Abbey. 

Robertus, son of Fulbert Archer, was of 
Tamworth, Warwick county, England, mar- 
ried Selida, daughter and heir of Roger de 
Hulehall ; had children : Richard, John and 

William, son of Robert Archer, married 
Margeria, daughter and heir of John Saway 
de Oxton Saway, Leicestershire. Children : 
Thomas, John, William and Flenry. 

John, son of William Archer, married Mar- 
gery, daughter of William Barneville, and had: 
William, Ela and John. 

John (2), son of John (i) Archer, was of 
Tamworth ; married Margery, daughter of 
William Tracy de Tuddington, and they had : 
Thomas and John. 

John (3), son of John (2) Archer, married 
Isabell, daughter of Radi de Erasat, and they 
had : William and Thomas. 

Thomas, son of John (3) Archer, was of 
L'mberg, of Tainworth or Tanworth ; married 
Margaretta, daughter and heir of Walter Cle- 
bury, of Clebury. He died in the forty-sixth 
year of Edward IIL 

Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Archer, 
married Agnes, daughter of John Hanbury, of 
Hanbury, Staffordshire, and they had : Henry 
and Richard. He died in the fourth year of 
Henry VL, aged eighty-four years. 

Richard, son of Thomas (2) Archer, mar- 
ried Alice, daughter of William Hugford, 
widow of Thomas Lucy. He died in the elev- 
enth year of Edward IV.. aged eighty-five. 

John (4), son of Richard Archer, married 
Christina, daughter and heir of Rodi Balklow, 
widow of Henry Sewell. 

John (5), son of John (4) Archer, was of 
Tanworth ; married Alice, daughter of Bald- 
win Montfort. 

Johannes, son of John ( 5 ) Archer, was of 
Tanworth ; married Alary, daughter of I lumph- 
rey Stafl-'ord. 

Richard (2), son of Johannes Archer, mar- 
ried Matilda, daughter and heir of Edward 

Hutnfrey Archer de Tanworth, son of Rich- 
ard (2) Archer, married Anna Townsend, 
(laughter ef Robert Townsend. 


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Andreas Archer, son of Hunifrey Arclier de 
Tainvorth, was of Tanworth : he (hed there, 
April 6, 1629; married Mary, daughter of 
Simon Raleigh de Farnborow. She died Au- 
gust 10. 1614. Children: Simon, Thomas and 

Richard (3), son of Andreas Archer, mar- 
ried Maria Bull, daughter of Roland Bull. 
Richard died in 1646-47, at Xethope, in Ox- 

Simon, son of Richard (3) Archer, married 
.\nne, daughter of John Ferres de Tanworth. 

The connection with the American ancestor 
has not been definitely established, but he was 
doubtless from a branch of the family outlined 
above, founded by John Archer, rector of Car- 
hayes, instituted there about 1614. The rector 
had a son Nicholas who inherited from his 
uncle, Richard Archer, of St. Kew, all his 
jiroperty, but, dying without issue, beciueathed 
liis estate to the eldest son of his brother Ed- 
ward, who married, in 1683, Judith Swete. 
The son of Edward Archer married Sarah, 
co-heir of John Addis, of W'hiteford. John, 
the .-\merican immigrant, came from Cornwall, 
and was perhaps a grandson of Edward Archer, 
mentioned above. 

(I) John Archer, the American immigrant, 
was the progenitor of the Archer family of 
Nova Scotia, as well as of many in New Eng- 
land and other sections of the country. He 
came to America during the French and In- 
dian wars, 1757-62, having been impressed in 
the British navy. He left the navy, perhaps 
deserting, like many seamen who were forced 
to enter the navy against their wills, and he 
settled at Cherryfield, Maine. He was well 
educated and found employment in his new 
home as a teacher and land surveyor. He took 
up a lot, afterward occupied by his son John, 
situated on the Beddington road. He had a 
family of twenty-three children, most of whom 
were sons and nearly all of whom grew to 
maturity. The youngest of the family, David 
Cobb Archer, who lived near Cherryfield, was 
well known to travelers in his day, going from 
Columbia Falls to Jonesboro, Maine. John 
Archer was a soldier in the revolution in the 
American army, a private in the artillery com- 
pany of Colonel John Allen's regiment in 1778- 
79, under Captain Thomas Robbins. He was 
also in Captain Jeremiah (I'Brien's company 
of rangers. Colonel Allen's regiment, serving 
at Machias, Maine, late in the year 1779. John 
Archer married Elizabeth Gates Tupper, niece 

of General (jates, of the American army at 
Saratoga, etc., and granddaughter of Governor 
Mayhew. She was daughter of Peleg ( born 
1731) and Deborah (Fish) Tupper, born at 
Sandwich, Massachusetts. Children: William 

Gates, married Mullhall, of Liverpool, 

Nova Scotia, and had two children, Henry and 
Elizabeth: Henry; Robert; John; Thomas; 
Joseph Tup|jer, mentioned below; George; 
Allan ; Mary ; Eliakini and David Cobb. 

(II) Joseph Tupper, son of John Archer, 
was born at Cherryfield, Maine, in 1782. He 
received his education in the public schools, 
and at home under his father's instruction. 
He learned the trade of mason and stone-cutter. 
He went to Yarmouth and Liverpool, Nova 
Scotia, when a young man, and soon engaged 
in contracting for mason work in that vicinity. 
He worked on many public buildings, and, in 
later life, did much cemetery work, at which 
he was especially skillful. In 1854 he removed 
to Sudbury, ^Massachusetts, where he bought 
a farm. He died there, October 11, 1863, at 
the advanced age of eighty-one years. In re- 
ligion he was an active and consistent Baptist. 
In politics a Republican. He married (first) 
Dorcas Nickerson, of Harrington, Nova Scotia. 
He married (second) Eleanor Durkee, daugh- 
ter of Stephen and Lydia' (Lovette) Durkee, 
of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Children of Jo- 
seph Tupper and Dorcas (Nickerson) Archer: 
Freeman, born May 8, 1812. died 1885; Jo- 
seph .Mien, born May 17, 1814, died November 
2"/. 1889. Children of Joseph Tupper and 
Eleanor ( Durkee) Archer: Dorcas Eliza, mar- 
ried Benjamin Crosby ; Mary Eleanor, born 
1820. died August 12, 1890. married. October 
14, 1841. Charles W. Wynian. of Yarmouth, 
Nova Scotia ; George Edward, lost at sea in 
1837; Caroline, married, November 28, 1844. 
Joseph Churchill, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia ; 
"Stephen Durkee, see below ; Lydia, married 
Caston Harris, of Boston, Alassachusetts. 

(HI) Stephen Durkee, son of Joseph Tup- 
per Archer, was born at Yarmouth, Nova 
Scotia, September 22, 1826. He received his 
education in the town of Yarmouth. Although 
his schooling was ended when he was sixteen, 
he was a lifelong student. He learned the 
mason's trade of his father and made it his 
life business. He built the Yarmouth Bank, 
also the Clements and Rierson buildings. Short- 
ly after his marriage, in 1850, he removed to 
New York City, where he worked at his trade 
for three vears on the liible House building. 



He then came to Sudbury, Massachusetts, 
where he and his father bought a farm, which 
they carried on for four years. He continuetl 
also to work at his trade in the vicinity. He then 
removed to Danvers, Massachusetts, where he 
followed his trade for about si.x years, thence 
going to Amesbury, where he worked for three 
years. In 1864 he removed to Yarmouth. 
Nova Scotia, for the purpose of building the 
courthouse and jail there. After three years 
he located at Boston, where he was a con- 
tractor. He removed to Hyde Park and was 
employed by the h'rancis Estate, which was 
located on the present site of Boston College, 
and remained until 1891, when he bought an 
estate at Maiden and settled there, where he 
lived retired for the remainder of his days, 
and died December 8, 1902. He was a member 
of the South Ba]itist Church, of Boston, and 
was active and ])rominent in his denomination. 
He had ])reviously belonged to the Baptist 
church, of Yarmouth. In politics he was a 
Republican. He was also a member of the 
Ancient Order of .American Mechanics. His 
portrait, found in this work, has been placed 
here by his daughter, Mrs. Emil J. F. Ouirin, 
in loving remembrance of his many fine qual- 
ities of mind and heart. 

He married, January 15, 1850. Mary Robbins 
Magray, who was born at Yarmouth, May 21, 
1827, daughter of Captain John and Abigail 
(Robbins) Magray, and a lineal descendant 
of Elder Thomas Cushman, passenger in the 
"Fortune" in 1621, and of Mary Allerton, 
passenger in the "Mayflower" to Plymouth, in 
1620. Children: i. Eudora Frances, born 
May 21, 1851 ; married, in September, 1870, 
Joseph E. Webster, of Berwick, Maine, and 
they had twelve children. 2. George Edward, 
born February 15, 1853, died December, 1903; 
chief architect of the New York and Lake Erie 
Railroad Company for seventeen years, and 
one of the leaders in his profession in this 
country; married, August 2, 1880, Catherine 
Henry, of New York City, and had two chil- 
dren, Annie Louise, and Viola Agnes, who 
married Wilbur Clements, of New York City. 
3. Cecilia Eleanor, born April 16, 1855: mar- 
ried, September 2, 1880, Emil J. F. Ouirin, of 
Tioga, New York (see Ouirin H). 4. Luella 
May, born .August Ti, 1857; married, .April 2, 
1878, Warren \lontague, of Portland, Maine, 
and they have : George Warren, Harry Messen- 
ger and Walter Emil. 5. Viola .Alberta, born 
July 2, i860; married, July 15, 1884, George 

L. Haines, of Milton, Massachusetts, and they 
have one child, Luella .Archer Haines, born 
July 27, i8qi. 6. Calvert Bradford, born at 
Danvers, .April 22, 1862; rubber manufacturer 
of Milford, Massachusetts; married (first), 
February 3, 1883, Myra Violet Linscott ; (sec- 
ond), February 14, 1889, Mary Poole; chil- 
dren : Stephen Calvert, Lillian and Alicia Vio- 
let. 7. .Agnes Lillian, born January 25, 1865; 
married, July 16, 1884, Elmer E. Walter, of 
Hyde Park ; children ; Warren Theodore, born 
January 26, 1887; Lucile Agnes, June 23, 
1 89 1 ; Clara Josephine, February 6, 1894. 8. 
Stella May, born November 18, 1867; married, 
in 1893, Captain A. S. Maloney, of St. An- 
drews, New Brunswick, deceased. 

Mary Robbins (Magray) Archer, mother of 
Mrs. Quirin, was the daughter of Captain John 
and Abigail ( Robbins ) Magray, married at 
Yarmc:)uth, 1803. Captain John Magray was 
born at Marblehead, 1774: died at Yarmouth, 
November 9, 1845. Abigail, born at Plymouth, 
Massachu.setts, September 17, 1788; died at 
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, April 2, 1870, was the 
daughter of Joseph Robbins, born at Plymouth, 
December 11, 1756; died at Yarmouth, July 
8, 1859; married, June 6, 1779, Elizabeth Ste- 
phens, born at Plymouth, March 15, 1760; 
died at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, October 27, 
1843. Joseph Robbins was the son of Benja- 
min Robbins. born at Plymouth, 1732, drown- 
ed at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1762; married 
Abigail Cushman, born at Kingston, April 3, 
1737; died at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Abigail 
Cushman was the daughter of Robert Cush- 
man, born at Kingston, July 2, 1698; died 
there, 1751 ; married there, April 17, 1725, 
Mercy Washburn., born at Kingston, 1702. 
Robert Cushman was the son of Robert Cush- 
man, born at Plymouth, October 4, 1666; died 
at Kingston, September 7, 1757 ; married, 1697, 

Persis , died at Kingston, January 14, 

1743. Robert Cushman was the son of Thomas 
Cushman, born at Plymouth, September 16, 
1637; died there, August 23, 1726; married 
there, November 17, 1664, Ruth Howland, 
born at Plymouth, and died there, between 
1672 and 1679, daughter of John Howland, 
who came over in the "Mayflower," and Eliza- 
beth Tille\', daughter of John Tilley, of the 
"Mavflower." Thomas Cushman was the son 
of Thomas and Mary ( Lerton ) Cushman. 
married 1636. She died 1699, daughter of 
Isaac Lerton, of the "Mavflow^er," who died 
in New Haven, 1659. . Elizabeth .Stephens, 


wife of Joseph Robbins, \va.s the daughter of 
Edward Stephens, who died at Carver, April 
9. 1788; married. 1747, Phebe Harlow, born at 
Plymouth, October 21, 1728. Phebe Jrlarlow 
was the daughter of William Harlow, born at 
Plymouth, July 26, 1692; died there, April 11, 
1731 ; married Mercy Rider, born Plymouth, 
November 14, 1696; died there, January 2, 
1772. William Harlow was the son of Samuel 
Harlow, born at Plymouth, January 2f, 1052: 
married Hannah , who died at Plym- 
outh. Samuel Harlow was the son of William 
Harlow, who died at Plymouth, August 26, 
1 69 1 ; married Rebecca Bartlett, at Plymouth. 
Rebecca Piartlett was the daughter of Robert 
and Mary (Warren) Partlett. Mary Warren 
was the daughter of Richard Warren, of the 

Of the twelve patentees of the 
DEYO town of New Paltz, New York, 

two bore the name Deyo and were 
father and son. They were among the last of 
the twelve to come to come to the new world, 
the others having been in .America several 
years. New Paltz was one of the few Hugue- 
not settlements in this country and perhaps 
the only one in which the stock of the original 
settlers was. not speedily overwhelmed by a 
flood of newcomers from other Eurojiean 
nationalities. With the exception of Kingston, 
no other place in that part of the C(iuntrv was 
settled at so early a period. The New Paltz 
clnirch was organized exactly forty years be- 
fore the first church at Poughkeepsie was 
erected. The old Deyo house in the village 
came down in the same family nearly two hun- 
dred years. In 1675 Pierre Deyo was still in 
the Palatinate, as shown by the following cer- 
tificate of good standing antl church member- 
ship still preserved in the family : 

This is to certify that Peter Doio and .\gatha 

Nickel, both in honor hving in C Pfahz, Miitter- 

stadt. circuit of New Sladt. have hcen united in mar- 
riage, the intent of such marriage, having been an- 
nounced three times from the puh^it, that they arc 
members of the Reformed Church and as far as we 
know, the same are well behaved people. 

J.\coB Amvot. 

Mutterstadt. Curr Pfaltz, Pastor. 

21 January 1675. 

Christian Deyo was quite an old man at the 
time of settlement of New Paltz and lived only 
ten years afterward. His will is recorded in 
book A, county clerk's office in Kingston. He 
was called "Grandpere" or grandfather in the 

old documents, and, in fact, was the grand- 
father of most of the children in the new 
settlement. His son I'ierre (Peter) was a 
patentee, as were his four sons-in-law, Abra- 
ham Hasbrouck, John Hasbrouck, Simon Le- 
Fevre and Abraham Du liois. 

( II ) Pierre, only son of Christian Deyo, 
was of Huguenot extraction; was married in 
the German Palatinate, to Agatha Nickel, and 
with his father came to .America in 1675. He 
was one of the twelve patentees of the town 
of New Paltz, lister county. New York, and 
tradition says that he lost his life while on an 
evjiedition to find a route from New Paltz to 
the river, and that long afterwards a buckle of 
a truss that he wore was found. It is probable 
that this was Pierre, son of I'ierre, the pat- 
entee, who grew to manhood, but left no chil- 
dren. Pierre, the patentee, left four sons; i. 
Abraham, born at Ilurly, October 16, 1676; 
married Elsie Clearwater, and left .Abraham 
(2), Alarytje and Wyntje. 2. Christian, of 
whom further. 3. Pierre, bajnized at New 
Paltz, 1683, probably the one lost in the forest. 
4. Hendricus, baptized at Kingston, October 
12. 1690; married Margaret \'on Bummel, and 
left a large family. 

( HI ) Christian, son of Pierre, the patentee, 
and Agatha (Nickel) Deyo. was baptized at 
r.rooklyn. New York, 1681. He settled in the 
Sjiringtown district, where descendants yet re- 
side. His name appears in a list of taxpayers 
in 1712; in a list of soldiers of Captain Hoff- 
man's company in 1716; in the list of those 
who built the first stone church in 1720; in a 
list of freeholders in 1728. and in a list of 
slave holders in 1735. His name a[ipears as 
deacon in the church at New Paltz. in 1733. 
and as elder in i7()5. He married, at New 
Paltz. in 1702. Marytje De Graff. This mar- 
riage is recorded on both the church books of 
New Paltz and Kingston. He left children: 
I. Moses, born 1706; married. 1728. Clarissa 
Stokhard. and lived about a mile north of 
Springtown. His name appears in the list of 
New Paltz soldiers in 1738. He and his wife 
joined the New I^altz church in 1752. 2. 
Jacobus, of whom further. 3. Mary, married, 

in 1731. J Ackmoidi, a Scotchman, and 

ancestor of the Auchmoody family. 

( I\') Jacobus, son of Christian and Marytje 
I De ( iratif ) Deyo, was born about 1708. He 
left the Springtown home and settled in Kings- 
tun, where he married in 1724. In 1738 he is 
friund in a li'-t of fnot soldiers of Kingston, 



which proves liis residence there, ahhough the 
marriage record names them both as of New 
I'altz. Afterward he or his widow removed 
to Dutchess county, and in the records of the 
Poughkeepsie church is found a record of his 
widow's second marriage, April 22, 1754. He 
married Janitje Freer. Children, several daugli- 
ters, and sons. Jacobus (2) and Peter. 

(V) Jacobus (2), son of Jacobus (i) and 
Janitje (Freer) Deyo, was born in 1732. He 
was twenty-two years old when his mother, in 
1754, married (second) Richard Gryn, and it 
is supposed that he then left home and settled 
at Nine Partners, Dutchess county, New York. 
He married and had issue. 

(VI) William, son of Jacobus (2) Deyo, 
was born about 1775, and settled in the town 
of Ghent, Columbia county. New York, where 
he married and reared a family. Among his 
sons were David, Jonathan, Israel T. and Rich- 

(VH) Richard, son of William Deyo, was 
born in the town of Ghent, Columbia county, 
New York, in 1819; died 1888. He removed 
to Broome county, where he engaged in farm- 
ing. He married Caroline B., daughter of 
Jonas and Gertrude Eckert. Children : Alar- 
tin L. ; Christina; Joseph H. ; Israel Tripp, of 
whom furtiier ; Gertrude ; R. Herbert. 

(VIII) Israel Tripp, son of Richard and 
Caroline B. (Eckert) Deyo, was born in the 
town of Union, Broome county, New York, 
January 28, 1854. His education was obtain- 
ed in district schools and at the high school in 
Binghamton, where he was graduated in 1875, 
valedictorian. He entered Amherst College, 
whence he was graduated A. B., class of 1879, 
and was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon 
and Phi lieta Kappa ( jreek letter fraternities. 
For several years, after leaving college, he was 
engaged in teaching, being principal of the 
school at Whitney's F'oint, New York, and 
later an instructor at the State Normal, at 
Cortland, New York. Deciding to embrace 
the profession of law, he entered the law 
office of David H. Carver, under whose per- 
ceptorship he continued until 1883, when he 
was admitted to the bar. A partnership was at 
once formed with David H. Carver, and under 
the firm name of Carver & Deyo a successful 
legal business w-as transacted. In 1901 Charles 
H. Hitchcock was admitted, constituting the 
firm of Carver, Deyo & Hitchcock, as it re- 
mained until the death of Mr. Carver, in 1908. 
]\lr. William B. Carver, a son of Mr. D. H. 

Carver, was then adiuitted to the firm, and the 
firm name was changed to Deyo, Hitchcock & 
Carver, as it still remains. This is one of the 
leading law firms of Binghamton, command- 
ing an extensive clientage and holding a high 
position at the New York bar. In 1890-91- 
92-93 Mr. Deyo was elected a member of the 
state assembly, where he rendered important 
service on house committees, and in shaping 
beneficial legislation. He was appointed by 
Governor Flower a member of the commission 
to investigate the management of the State 
Reformatory, at Elmira, the report of that 
commission forming the basis of some needed 
reforms in that institution. He is vice-presi- 
dent of the New York State Bar Association ; 
member of the local board of managers of the 
State Normal School, at Cortland; director of 
the liinghamton Gas Works ; director and sec- 
retary iif the Deyo-Macey Engine Company, 
and interested in other business enterprises of 
his city. He is a member of the New York 
State and Broome County Bar associations, 
and prominent in the Masonic Order, holding 
all degrees of the York Rite, including that of 
Knight Templar and all of the Scottish Rite, 
up to and including the thirty-second. In 
religious connection he is a member of the 
Congregational church, which l>e serves as 
trustee. In political faith he is a Republican, 
and an ardent supporter and active worker. 

He married, in Binghamton, New York. 
June 26, 1889, Edith A., daughter of Eliakim 
and \'erena .\. \\'eld. Children: .Austin \\ ., 
born September 15, 1891 ; Dorothy, born March 
22, 1899; Martin W., born December 12, 1902. 

Eli Sleeker was born in Duanes- 
MEEKER burg, of an old New England 

family, and removed to Quaker 
Lake, Pennsylvania, where he bought a tract 
of land, covered with the primeval forests, 
and he cleared a farm and brought it to a high 
state of cultivation. This farm has remained 
in the family to the present time and the fam- 
ily burying-ground there contains the last rest- 
ing places of many of the family. 

(II) Samuel, son of Eli Meeker, was born 
in Massachusetts, where his homestead still 
stands. He was educated in the public schools 
and worked on the homestead until the time of 
his marriage. Then he located at liingham- 
ton. New York, where he purchased wild lan<l. 
cleared a farm and conducted it for many 
years. He lived for a time at Ilawleyton, New 



York, and on the shore of Quaker Lake, Siis- 
((iiehanna county, Pennsylvania. His later 
years were spent in the village of Ringhamton, 
with his son Eli, and he died there in February, 
1892, aged eighty-six years. Fie was a zealous 
Methodist in religion and often walked several 
miles to attend church. He married Sarah 
Finch, of Susquehanna county. Her last years 
were spent in the home of her son Eli, where 
she died, aged nearly ninety. Children : An- 
drew ; Eli S., mentioned below ; Oliver, kill- 
ed in the civil war ; Samuel ; Elvira, married 
(first) William Bell, (second) George Vos- 
hurg; Deborah, married Frank Rulison ; Ann 
Eliza; \'an Rensselaer; Elijah; .Alfred; Lor- 

(Ill) I"lli S.. son nf Samuel Meeker, was 
born near Hawleyton, January 29, 1833. He 
had a common school education, and when 
twenty-two years of age engaged in the lumber 
business at Hawleyton. For many years he 
was a ]iartner in the firm of Weed. Meeker & 
Mundy. wholesale dealers in lumber. In 1881 
he came to Bingliamton. New York, and en- 
tered into partnership with Waring S. Weed, 
under the name of W. S. Weed & Company, 
and the firm did an extensive business in lum- 
ber in western Pennsylvania, as well as a large 
retail business in blinds, sash, doors, etc.. in 
Binghamton. While in Hawleyton he was a 
supervisor and school commissioner. In Ring- 
hamton he was for two terms alderman from 
the second ward, in 1888-89. I" politics he 
was a staunch Republican. He was one of 
the commissioners of Ross Park, and was 
president of the Columbian Manufacturing 
Company. He married Samantha L. Morgan, 
who was born at Richfield Springs, New York, 
and lived in Madison county. He and his wife 
were members of the Tabernacle Methodist 
Episcopal Church. Children: I. Helen, mar- 
ried George F. Twining, and had one son, 
Laverne, who married \"iolet Woodley. and 
has one daughter. Adelaide Twining. 2. Rollin 
Weston, mentioned below. 

(I\^) Rollin W^eston. son of Eli S. Meeker, 
was born December 25, 1870, at Binghamton, 
and was educated in the public and high schools 
of his native town and by private tutors. In 
September, 1888, he began to study law in the 
office of Hon. Edmund O'Connor, and he was 
admitted to the bar at Ringhamton, February 
5, 1892, just after he came of age. In the same 
office in which he read law, he began to prac- 
tice and was soon actively engaged in litigated 

cases and trials before juries, not only on his 
own account but was also associated with Mr. 
O'Connor in a number of notable cases. Mr. 
Meeker has taken a ])rominent place among 
the attorneys of the county and enjoys a large 
practice. He is at present president of the 
Broome County Rar .Association, and a mem- 
ber of several committees of the New York 
State Bar Association. In Masonic circles he 
is well known throughout this section, a mem- 
ber of Binghamton Lodge; of Binghamton 
Chapter. Royal .Arch Masons, of Ringhamton ; 
of Malta Commandery. Knights Templar; of 
C)tseningo Consistory, first lieutenant com- 
mander since 1895. "'"c years in all, still serv- 
ing ; master of Otseningo Lodge of Perfection, 
which t)ffice he has held nine consecutive years ; 
past potentate of Katurah Temple, Mystic 
Shrine, two }'ears. and he had conferred upon 
him at lioston. 1906, thirty-third degree in 
Masonry, a distinction attained by but few. 
He is treasurer of the Columbian Manufac- 
turing Com])any ; secretary of the Binghamtim 
Woolen Company, and member of the Chem- 
ical Fire Company, antl of the Binghamton 
Club. In politics he is a Republican, and he 
has been on the executive committee of the 
Republican League of the Second Ward, and 
secretary of the Second Ward Republican Club. 
In religion he is a Methodist, attending and 
supporting the Tabernacle Church. 

lie married. July I. i8<)3. Sarah Stoddard, 
daughter of John and Mary ( Stoddard) Lewis, 
l)oth deceased, a prominent family in Lisle. 
New York. Thev have no children. 

Jonathan Miller, the first of this 
MILLER family in Pennsylvania. vi'as born 
December 10. 1789. probably in 
the old home of the family in Connecticut. He 
settled in Pleasant Mount. \\'ayne county. 
Pennsylvania. He acquired large tracts of land 
there and was a well-to-do farmer and black- 
smith. He held the office of justice of the 
peace for many years, and was a useful and 
influential citizen. He married. March 10, 
18 14. Tryphena. daughter of James Rigelow 
(see Rigelow V). Children, born at Pleasant 
Mount: i. Jonathan, mentioned below. 2. 
John G.. born February 18. i8i(). died May 
15. 1S16. 3. Mary T., born June 24. 1820. 
died .August 20, 1848; married, September 3, 
1838. Dr. Rodney T. Harmes. 4. James, born 
March 31. 1826; married (first), June 11, 
i8si. .Anna W. .Smith, and (second) Mary 


NE\\' YORK. 

. 5. Joseph, twin of James, died Febru- 

ar}- 4, 1831. 6. Hervey D., born September 15, 
1830; an engineer, was killed in a railway acci- 
dent, September zj, 1861 : married, August 17, 
1859, Sarah M. Day. 

(II) Major Jonathan (2) Miller, son of 
Jonathan ( i ) Miller, was born in Pleasant 
Mount, Wayne county, Pennsylvania, (Jctoher 
29, 1814, died there October 29, 1898. Like 
bis father he ];>ecame a blacksmith. He was one 
of the leading citizens of Pleasant Mount, 
where he held several town offices. He was 
the constable and town officer for many years, 
and known to everyone. For manv years he 
was connected with the state militia, and, in 
1842, he was elected major of the Seventh 
Regiment of Pennsylvania \'olunteer Militia, 
receiving his commission from the governor, 
August 7, 1842. He married, November 5, 
1834, Polly .\., daughter of .\bner Stone. Chil- 
dren: I. Helen, born March 8, 1836; married, 
January i. 1857, John J. Fulkerson, and had 
a child, Jennie, who married Judson Tififany. 
2. Evaline A., born May i. 1838; married 
(first), December 22, 1859, George VV. War- 
ner, and had one daughter, Anna W. ; mar- 
ried (second), December 13, 1866, Robert 
Clark, and had children: Nellie and Mabel, 
twins. 3. Henry AI., born November 18, 1843; 
married, December 26, 1867, Laura E. P.on- 
ham ; children : Nelson, Robert, Estella and 
Grace. 4. Sanford J., born May 20, 1849; 
married (first), April 8, 1880, Libbie Under- 
wood, and (second) . 5. Anna 

M., born November 15, 1854, died September 
20, 1857. 6. Frederick D., mentioned below. 

( III ) Frederick D., son of Major Jonathan 
(2) Miller, was born at Pleasant Mount, Penn- 
sylvania, April 23, 1857. He was educated at 
the Academy at Pleasant Mount, and at an 
early age began his business life as clerk in a 
general store, where he remained until he was 
twenty-one. He then ojjened a general store 
at Herrick Centre, Pennsylvania, and two 
years later removed to Dinghamton, New York, 
and became floor manager for the firm of Hills 
McLean & Haskins, where he remained until 
1890. He next held various positions with the 
Erie Railway Company for eight years, up to 
1898, when he engaged in the undertaking 
business in Binghamton, which he has since 
conducted in a very successful manner. He 
is a member of Otseningo Lodge, No. 435, 
Free and .Accepted Masons ; Press Club ; New 
York State Indertakers' .Association and Em- 

balmers' Association. He married, June 6, 
1878, Josephine G., daughter of Charles A. 
and Sarah J. (Sherwood) Campbell. He has 
one daughter, Mabel Pearl, and has legally 
ado])ted two grandchildren, Dorothy Marie 
and Ruth .Sherwood. 

(The Bigelow Line). 

(II) Daniel Bigelow, son of John ((|. v.) 
and Mary (Warren) Bigelow, was born in 
Watertown, New York. December i, 1630, 
died about 171 5. He married Abigail or Abial 
Pratt, daughter of Thomas Pratt, and settled 
in Framingham, in 1686, where he was a tailor 
by trade. He lived near the east end of what 
was known as Gleason's Poni. His wife sur- 
vived him. Children, born in Framingham : 
Abigail, October 28, i68g ; Daniel, November 
24, 1691, mentioned below; Abiel, January 20, 
161)3: Susanna, March 4, 1696: Ep'hraim, May 
12, 1(598; Lydia, January 2, 1702. 

(III) Daniel (2), .son of Daniel (i) and 
.Abigail ( FVatt ) Bigelow, was born November 
24, 1(391, in Framingham, Massachusetts. He 
married (first), June 2"], 1723. Rebecca, born 
July 25, 1697, died July 7, 1738, daughter of 
Nathaniel and Anna Fames. He married ( sec- 
ond), July 17, 1746, Prudence Stone, widow 
of Ebenezer Stone. He is said to have died 
in 1752, and his brother F]3hraim was adminis- 
trator of his estate. Children, born in Fram- 
ingham : Rebecca, May 15. 1726, died July 3, 
1729: Daniel, October 29, 1727, died March 
30, 1730; Joseph, October 28, 1729, died May 
18, 1730; Daniel, July 16, 1732; Rebecca. May 
ID, 1734, died July 20, 1734; Joseph, 1736, 
mentioned below ; .\.nn, June 29, 1738, died the 
same day. 

(IV) Joseph, son of Daniel (2) and Re- 
becca (Fames) Bigelow, was born in Fram- 
ingham, in 173(1, and when not yet of age went 
to Leicester to work. There he married, .April 
30, 1756, Sarah, daughter of Captain John 
Stebbins. Soon after marriage he returned to 
Framingham, where he lived until he was 
twenty-one and came into possession of his 
father's estate from the hands of his Uncle 
Ephraim. He removed to Leicester soon after 
this, and, about 1766, moved to Spencer, where 
he lived until his tleath, April 19, 1774. His 
widow married ( second) Ezekiel Howe, of 
Shrewsbury, and died in Shrewsbury, April 5, 
i8o<'). Children: John, born August 24, 1757; 
Joseph, December 6, 1759; James, Jutie 7, 
1762, mentioned below ; Jabez, March 17, 1764 ; 



Daniel, February 14, ijdb; William, Jul)' 1, 
1768; Sarah, October 3, 1770; Elizabeth, Janu- 
ary 13, I773- 

(V) James, son of Joseph anil Sarah ( Steb- 
bins) Digelow. was born in Leicester, Alassa- 
chusetts, June 7, 1762. He married, Decem- 
ber 18, 1783, Mary, daughter of John (Iraham, 
and they moved to Mount Pleasant, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he died in 1841. Children : John ; 
Tryphena, married Jonathan Miller ( see Miller 
I); Sarah; Tryphosa, born 1801, married, 
1822, Clayton Rogers, of Towerville, Wiscon- 
sin, she died 1870. and he died i8(X), children 
born at Mount Pleasant: John S., Martha 
Ann, Clayton E., Cushman S., Eldad A., Earl 
M., Helen M. 

The surname Skinner is like a 
SKIXXER large class of English trade 
and business names adopted 
about the twelfth century as family names, 
like butcher, baker, chantller, merchant, brewer, 
etc. Skinner means simply a dealer in furs 
and hides. The .Skinners Company, of Lon- 
don, received a charter of incorporation as 
early as the reign of Edward HL, and has a 
coat-of-arms of ancient date. The families of 
Skinner are found in all parts of England. 
The Skinners of Le I'lurtons and Ledbury, 
county Hereford, descended from Stephen 
Skinner ( 1557), elder son of Stephen Skinner, 
of county Herefiird. .\rms : Sable, a chevron 
or between three griffins' heads erased, argent, 
a mullet for tlifference. Crest : A griffin's head 
erased, argent, hokling in the beak a hand, 
couped gules on the breast, a mullet for differ- 
ence. .\ common device in various Skinner 
arms is : .Sable, three griffins' heads erasetl, 
argent. The families at Cowley, Devonshire, in 
London, in county Esse.x, the Isle of Wight, 
Dewlich, and various other localities, also bear 
arms. Thomas Skinner was lord mayor of 
London in 1596. 

(I) Sergeant Thomas Skinner, immigrant 
of the Essex county families, was born in 
1617, in England, and died ALarch 2, 1703-04, 
in Maiden, Massachusetts, He came from 
Chichester, county Sussex, England, bringing 
with liim his wife and two sons. He lived at 
one time at Subdeanery and Parish, Chichester. 
He was a victualler, and. May 31, 1652, was 
licensed to keep an inn at Maiden. His house 
there was situated at the southeast corner of 
Cross and W'alnut streets. It was given to 
Skinner's son Abraham, March 13, 1694-93. 

He was admitted freeman May 18, i()(y^. He 

married (first), in England, Mary , 

who died April 9, 1671 ; (second ) Lydia ( Shep- 
ardson ) Call, widow of Thomas Call. She 
died December 17, 1723, aged eightv-seven. 
Children, born at Chichester, England : Thomas, 
mentioned below; Abraham, bajitized in Pal- 
lant I'arish C'hurch, September 29, i(>49. 

(II) Thomas ( 2 ) , son of Thomas ( i ) Skin- 
ner, was born in Subdeanery and Parish, Chi- 
chester, England, July 23, 1(143. He married 
Mary, daughter of Richard and Mary Pratt, 
of Maiden, Essex county, England. Richard 
Pratt was baptized there, June 29, 1615, died 
ifM)!. Deacon Thcimas Skinner removed, with 
his wife, sons Richard. Penjamin, Ebenezer, 
Nathaniel, and daughter .\bigail, to Ctilchester, 
Connecticut, where he was one of the original 
proprietors. His name and that of his son 
Ebenezer frequently occur in the early records. 
He held various town officers and served on 
important committees. He and his son Ben- 
jamin were granted lots, January 21, 1702, 
and, in May, 1702, he drew his house lot. The 
diary of his son Thomas has lieen iireserved 
and gives many interesting details of family 
history. All his children were born in Maiden. 
His wife died March 26, 1704. Children: 
Mar_\-, Ixjru November 3, i66(i; Thomas, No- 
vember 3, i()f)8, removed to Norton, Massa- 
chusetts; -\biah, June if), 1671; John, April 
3, t('>73, mentioned below ; Richard, June 2, 
1673; Joseph, January 13, i()78; Hannah, died 
October 20, 1728; Penjamin, born January 30, 
1681 ; Ebenezer, .\pril 2^. 1684; Nathaniel, 
January 27, 1686; Abigail, February 17, 1691. 

(III) John, son of Tliomas (2) Skinner, 
was born April 3. 1673, in Maiden, Massachu- 
setts. He and his brother Thomas settled in 
Norton, Massachusetts, though for many years 
he was a member of the church at Wrentham, 
Massachusetts, in which his children were bap- 
tized, 1701-17. He may have lived in Wrent- 
ham, though probably not, for the births of 
the children are recorded at Norton. The 
births of his brother Thomas's children were 
recorded at Wrentham, The Norton history 
tells us that John's home was in the west part 
of the North Purchase of Taunton (Norton), 
and he was a member of the church at its 
organization. He died at Wrentham, April 8, 
1734, according to the town records. He mar- 
ried Sarah . Children, Ijorn at Norton 

and baptized at Wrentham: i. Sarah, born 
January 31, 1697, bai)tized Sejitember 11, 1 701. 



2. lolin. born December 17, 1700, baptized 
September 11, 1701. 3. Ezra, mentioned below. 
4. Ebenezer, "born January iq, 1707, bajjtized 
Marcli 16, 1707; married Joanna Bacon. 5. 
Hepsibab, born June 27, 171 1, baptized August 

26, 171 1. 6. Abigail, born August 26, 1713, 
baptized October 18, 1713; married Seth Ricb- 
ardson. 7. Jemima, born January 2. 1717, 
baptized April 7, 17 17. 

(IV) Ezra, son of Jobn Skinner, was born 
at Norton, April 26, 1703, baptized at Wrent- 
ham, April 26, 1703. He married Elizabetb 
Swan, or Swaine. January 8, 1724, at JMedford. 
Children, born at Norton : Timothy, mention- 
ed below: Elijah and Elisha. twins. February 

27, 1725-26; Ezra, February 14, 1730. Per- 
haps others. 

(V) Timothy, son of Ezra Skinner, was 
born at Norton, September 10, 1724: married 
there, November 6, 1748, Hannah Tiffany. He 
settled in Mansfield, Massachusetts, originally 
a parish of Norton. Children, born at Norton : 
Elizabeth, October 3, 1749: John, November 
12, 1751 ; Elisha, July 20, 1754; Hannah, Octo- 
ber 10, 1756. Born at Mansfield: Timothy, 
mentioned below. 

(VI) Timothy (2). son of Timothy (i) 
Skinner, was born at Mansfield, February 10, 
1761. He was a soldier in the revolution from 
Mansfield, enlisting September 2, 1777, in Cap- 
tain Silas Cobb's company. Colonel Dan forth 
Keyes's regiment : also a private for six months, 
June 28, 1778, to January i, 1779, in Colonel 
John Daggetts' regiment, and in Captain Jo- 
seph Cole's company. Colonel John Jacobs's, 
regiment: also, in 1779. in Captain Enoch 
Robinson's company. Colonel Samuel Fisher's 
regiment (vol. xiv, Mass. Rev. Rolls, p. 282). 
He married, at Westmoreland, New Hamp- 
shire, September, 1790. Ruth Warner, born at 
Westmoreland, November 6, 1770, died at 
Keene, New Hampshire, where two of her 
sons lived. July 2, 1849. aged seventy-eight 
years. Children : Alanson, settled in Chester- 
field, New Hampshire, about 1815. Barton, 
born December 19, 1801, resided at Chester- 
field, 1853-56. and died at Keene, February 11, 
1865 ; Warren : Cynthia : Avery, mentioned 
below: Hiram: .\dol]3hus ; John: Albert. 

(VII) Hon. Avery Skinner, son of Timo- 
thy (2) Skinner, was born in Westmoreland, 
New Hampshire, June 9. 1796. He worked 
on his father's farm in his native town during 
his boyhood, attended the public schools there. 

and taught school in winter in order to com- 
plete his education in the Chesterfield Acad- 
emy. In 1816 he started for the Black River 
country on horseback, and ten tla)s later reach- 
ed Watertown, JefTfer.son county. New York, 
where he remained si.x years and followed 
various occupations. In 1823 he came to what 
is now Union Square, Oswego county, the 
name of which he gave. He cleared a farm, 
conducted a tavern, and was appointed post- 
master by President John Quincy Adams, and 
held the office more than fifty years. He was 
one of the founders of the Alexico Academy, 
and trustee and secretary for many years. In 
1831 he was elected to the assembly of New 
York, and reelected in 1832. In 1826 he was 
elected county treasurer, and held that office 
by reelection from term to term for a period 
of twelve years. In 1828 he was appointed 
county judge and held the office until 1839, 
when he declined reelection. He represented 
the county in the state senate, 1838-42. He 
was nominated for congress in 1846, and was 
defeated by Hon. William Duer by a few votes. 
In politics he was a strong and influential 
Democrat. He filled the many offices which 
he held, with exceptional ability and efficiency, 
being fitted not only by natural qualifications 
and ability but by good training and sterling 
character, and for many years was one of the 
most prominent and useful citizens of the 
county. He married, June 9, 1822. Elizabeth 
Lathrop, daughter of Solomon and Ann 
(Jones) Huntington. Her father came from 
Norwich, Connecticut, to Mexico, New York, 
in 1804: was a near relative of Samuel Hunt- 
ington, signer of the Declaration of Independ- 
ence and president of the Continental Con- 
gress (see Huntington). Avery Skinner mar- 
ried (second), in 1834, Charlotte Stebbins, of 
Watertown, New York. Children: i. Lucretia, 
born September 13, 1824, died Seiitembcr 27, 
1824. 2. Timothy Warner, mentioned below. 
3. Solomon Avery. Irorn July 23, 1829, died 
September 6, 1830. 4. Eliza Huntington, born 
July 13. 1833: married Charles Richardson. 
Children of second wife: 5. Rev. James A., 
born November 15, 1835: Protestant Epis- 
copal clergyman of New York City. 6. Char- 
lotte G., born January 22. 1837. 7. Infant, 
died December 14, 1841, unnamed. 8. Albert 
T.. born November 12. 1841. 9. Charles R., 
August 4, 1844: former assemblyman and con- 
gressman, now an officer of the custom house, 

NEW Y( )RK. 


New York Cit\'. lo. Mary Grace, born Sep- 
tember 12, i84r); married Hon. Manrice I,. 
AVright ( see Wright ) . 

(\"III) Timothy Warner, son of Hon. 
Avery Skinner, was born at Union Stiuare, 
town of Mexico, Oswego county. New York, 
April 24, 1827. [le attended the public schools 
of his native town, and worked on his father's 
farm there until he was twenty-five years old. 
[■"or several years he taught the district school 
in winter, and had charge of the farm in sum- 
mer. In 1852 he was elected a justice of the 
])eace of the town and served two terms. He 
moved to the village of Mexico in 1853, and 
has resided there since that year. In 1857 Mr. 
Skinner was admitted to the bar, and, in nji 1. 
after practicing tifty-five )-ears, he is the oldest 
practicing attorney in Oswego county. In Ncj- 
vember, 1857, he entered into partnership with 
Judge Cyrus Whitnew in the law and banking 
firm of Whitney iK: .Skinner. The firm con- 
tinued until 1870, when the senior partner re- 
moved to Oswego. .Maurice L. \\'riglit, brother- 
in-law of Mr. Skinner, then became his part- 
ner, and the firm name became Wright iK: 
Skinner. Since 1880, when the firm was dis- 
solved, Mr. Skinner has practiced alone. In 
public life Mr. Skinner has had a long and 
distinguished career. He was elected surrogate 
of Oswego county in 1863. reelected in 1870, 
and again in 1876. serving in this office longer 
than any other incumbent. He has taken an 
active part in village affairs, and was jjresi- 
dent of the incorporated village of Mexico for 
many years. For many years he was one of 
the trustees of the old Alexico Academy. In 
politics he was formerly a Democrat, after- 
ward a Republican. He is also prominent in 
the Masonic fraternity, a member of the lodge, 
and past high jiriest of Mexico Chapter, No. 
135, Royal Arch Masons, and now the oldest 
Free Mason in the town. In religion he is a 
Methodist. He married, January 17, 1856. 
Sarah Elizabeth Calkins, died in 1861. daugh- 
ter of Minor H. Calkins. He married ( sec- 
ond), August 18, 1862. Sarah L. Rose, born 
January 4, 1833, died May 23, 19 10, daughter 
of Joseph Rose. Child of first wife: i. Lizzie 
B., born June 18, 1857; married J. B. Stone, 
of .Auburn. New Y'ork ; children : .\very J., 
.\lliene. Grace and Charlotte Stone. Children 
of second wife: 2. Grace, died December 24, 
1894. 3. .Avery Warner, born August 18, 
1870: graduate of Syracuse University; princi- 
pal of Oneida high school, later principal of 

Andes Academy and of the Mexico high school, 
and now state inspector of schools of New 
York : married Nancy Brown Bates, of Titus- 
ville. Pennsylvania ; children : Margaret and 

(The Huntin.citon Line). 

( I ) Simon Huntington, immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England, and sailed for New Eng- 
land, in 1^133, with his wife and children, but 
was taken ill and died on the voyage, of small- 
pox. His widow, Margaret (Barrett) Hunt- 
ington, settled with her children first in Rox- 
bury, Massachusetts, where she married ( sec- 
ond). 1633-36, Thomas Stoughton, of Dor- 
chester. They removed to Windsor, Connecti- 
cut, and settled there. Margaret was probably 
born in Norwich, England. Practically noth- 
ing is known of Simon Huntington — even his 
name was a mystery to the early genealogists 
of the family. Children: William, settled in 
.Salisbury, in 1640: Thomas, settled in Con- 
necticut: Christopher, settled in Norwich, one 
of the founders: Simon, mentioned below; 
.Ann, mentioned in a letter written by Peter 
Barrett to his sister. Margaret ( Barrett) Hunt- 

(11) Simon (2), son of Simon (i) Hunt- 
ington, was born in England, about 1630, and 
came to .\merica on the ill-fated voyage with 
his mother, in 1633. He settled in Norwich 
and was a member of Mr. Fitch's church there, 
and a deacon of the church until 1696, when 
his sons succeeded him. He was a member of 
the general assembly in 1674. had a grant of 
land in 1686, was townsman in 1690 and 1694. 
In i^ii;4 he was on a committee to search out 
anil rejjort the deficiencies in the public records. 
He served on the committee to seat the meet- 
ing-house, i6<;)7-i7oo, and was on a committee 
to give deeds and fix titles of lands in dispute 
or with defective title. He married. October, 
1653. Sarah, daughter of Joseph Clark, of 
Windsor, Connecticut. She died 1721, aged 
eightv-eight. He died at Norwich, June 28, 
1706, aged seventy-seven. Children: Sarah, 
born at Saybrook. August, 1657, married Dr. 
.Solomon Tracy : Mary, born at Saybrook, .Au- 
gust, 1657, married Forbes, of Preston ; 

.Simo!i Saybrook, February, 1659, succeeded 
his father as deacon: Joseph, mentioned below. 
Born at Norwich: Elizabeth, February, 1664, 
died young; Samuel, March i. 1665; Eliza- 
beth, October 6, 1666, married Joseph Backus; 
Nathaniel. July 10, 1672, died young; Daniel, 
March 13, 1673-76. 



(Ill) Deacon Joseph Huntington, son of 
Simon Huntington, was born at Norwich, Sep- 
tember, 1661, and (bed at Windham, Decem- 
ber 20. 17 17. In 1687 he went to Windham, 
Connecticut, and built his house, materials 
from which were used in the construction of 
the house now on his old farm. He was elect- 
ed deacon in Windham church in 1729. He 
owned land in \Villiamantic and in W^indham. 
He married, November 28, 1787, Rebecca, 
daughter of Deacon Thomas Adgate. Chil- 
dren : Deacon Joseph, born at Norwich, Au- 
gust 29, 1688, married July 6, 1719, Elizabeth 
Ripley; Nathaniel, born at Norwich, Septem- 
ber I, 1691. Born at Windham : Jonathan, Oc- 
tober 7, 1695, married, Noveiuber 7, 1734, 
Elizabeth Rockwell, (second), August 7, 1754, 
Sarah Norton; David, December 6, 1697, mar- 
ried, June 30, 1725, Mary Mason, born Au- 
gust 31, 1707; Solomon, mentioned below ; Re- 
becca, September 18, 1712 (doubtless 1702), 
married January 24, 1734, John Crane; Sarah, 
born May 25, 1706, married March 28, 1728, 
Ebenezer Wright ; Mary, August 4, 1707, mar- 
ried Theophilus Fitch, of Canterbury. 

( 1\' ) Solomon, son of Deacon Josejih Hunt- 
ington, was born in Windham, February 6, 
1700, and died April 30, 1752. He married, 
October 31, 1727, Mary, daughter of Thomas 
and Margaret (Griswold) Buckingham, grand- 
daughter of Rev. Thomas and Esther (Hos- 
mer) Buckingham, born June 5, 1705, died 
September 7, 1778. Children: Solomon, born 
November 24, 1728, died January 2, 1729; 
Margaret, born April 8, 1730; Jeremiah, Feb- 
ruary 24, i72,2-2,i, a soldier in the revolution; 
Rebecca, June 7, 1735 ; Solomon, mentioned 
below; Temperance, October 6, 1739; Mary, 
October 8, 1741 ; Lydia, Novemijer 2, 1744. 

(V) Solomon (2), son of Solomon (i) 
Huntington, was born October 19, 1737, and 
died Marcli 3, 1809. He married, March 28, 
1762, Anna Denison, born 1742, died Septem- 
ber 6, 1807. She joined the church, 1770. He 
was prominent in town atTairs. Children, born 
at Windham : Minor, April 22, 1763, removed 
to Nova Scotia, 1784; Alathea, November 29, 
1764; Elizabeth, January 15, 1767; Anna and 
Solomon (twins), April 7, 1770; Joseph Deni- 
son, October 28, 1778; Mary, February 25, 

(\T) Solomon (3), son of Solomon (2) 
Huntington, was born April 7, 1770, and mar- 
ried, October 25, 1801, Anna Jones, of New 
Haven. He removed to Mexico, New York. 

Children, first born in Connecticut, the rest in 
Mexico: Elizabeth Lathrop, September 13, 
1802, married Avery Skinner (see Skinner) ; 
William Jones, February 9, 1804; Herbert 
Nelson, April 9, 1807; Benjamin Lathrop, Feb- 
ruary 16, 1810; Samuel I'eck, May 25, 1811 ; 
John Lathrop, March 24, 181 7. 

(HI) Lieutenant Sam- 
HCNTIN(;T0N uel Huntington, son of 
Simon Huntington (q. 
V.I, was burn in Norwich, March I, 1665, 
ilied at Lebanon, May 10, 1717. In 1700 
he removed to Lebanon, Connecticut, after 
selling his house and lot for a parsonage, 
r.efore his removal he had been in public life 
and held various offices. In 1692 he was elect- 
ed constable and he had been one of the towns- 
men. Ten years after settling in Lebanon, he 
was appointed by the citizens of Norwich on a 
committee to locate the new meeting-house, 
about which a serious dispute had arisen. He 
owned much land both in Norwich and Leb- 
anon. His name was on the list of members 
of the Lebanon church in 1707, and his wife's 
name in 1701. He married, in Norwich, Octo- 
ber 29, 1686, Mary, daughter of William Clark, 
of Wethersfield ; she died October 5, 1743. 
Children, born in Norwich : Elizabeth, April 
24, 1688-89; Samuel, August 28, 1691 ; Caleb, 
mentioned below; Mary, October i, 1696; Re- 
becca, February, 1698-99. Born in Lebanon : 
Sarah, October 22, 1701 ; John, May 17, 1706; 
Simon, /\ugust 15, 1708. 

( I\ ) Caleb, son of Lieutenant Samuel Hunt- 
ington, was born at Norwich, Connecticut. 
February 8, 1693-94; married there, January 
28, 1720, Lydia Griswold, born May 28, 1696. 
Children, bom at Lebanon, Connecticut : Caleb, 
December 9. 1721 ; Lydia, June 3, 1722 ; Elisha 
and Elijah, twins, April 25, 1724; Abner, 
March 6, 1726; James, .April 25, 1728; Sus- 
anna. June 2T„ 1730; Ezekiel, August 2, 1732, 
mentioned below. 

(V) Ezekiel. son of Caleb Huntington, was 
born at Lebanon, Connecticut, August 2, 1732. 
He lived at Lebanon, and perhaps for a time 
at Sharon, Connecticut, locating after the revo- 
lution at Stephentown, Albany county. New 
York, where he was living in 1790, according 
to the first federal census, with two males over 
sixteen, two males under sixteen, and three 
females in his family. He married twice. 
Children, born at Lebanon : Joseph, May 25. 
1758, was of Rensselaerwyck, New York, in 



i/yo; r.etsey, Septeml)cr 3, 17(10, livcil at 
Cornwallis, Nova Scotia ; Estlier, July 5, 1763 ; 
Ezekiel, Novt-niber, 1764, settled at Stephen- 
town, and was head of family there in 1790; 
Daniel. September 6, 1766; Caleli, mentioned 

(\'I) Caleb (2), .son of Ezekiel Hunting- 
ton, was born at Sharon, Connecticut, October 
4, 1770. He was a millwright by trade, and 
settled when a young man in (Jtsego county. 
He came to the town of Me.xico, New ^'ork, 
January 15, 1824, and was contractor and 
builder of many of the mills erected in Cen- 
tral New York. He and his son Edwin own- 
ed and operated the Huntington Mills, at Mex- 
ico. He married (first), in 1795, Sarah Joyce, 
who died September 13, 1823: married (sec- 
ond) Demaris Wight, ("aleb died in Mexico. 
October i, 1839. Children: Allen, born June 
12, 1797: Eli, December 22, 1799; Harry, De- 
cember 25, 1801 ; Edwin, of whom further; 
Willis l'.,\May 9, 1808; Lester 11. ; Sarah M., 
\o\ember id, 1812: Olive .\.. December 12, 

(\ n ) Edwin Huntington, son oi Caleb (2) 
Huntington, was born in Burlington, Otsego 
county, New York, June I, 1805, and died at 
Mexico, C)swego count}', New York, May 20, 
1870. He attended the common and high 
schools of the town of Mexico, and for sev- 
eral years was a school teacher. He learned 
the trade of millwright of his father, with 
whom he was afterward in partnership, own- 
ing and ciperating the Huntington Mills, at 
^Mexico. L'pon the death of his father he suc- 
ceeded to the ownershi]) of the mills and con- 
ducted them until some ten years before he 
died. In connection with the mills he had a 
general store in Mexico, and for many years 
was postmaster there. In early life he was an 
old-line Whig in politics, afterwards a Re- 
publican. He was a prominent member of the 
Methodist Episco]>al church, and a member of 
the order of Sons of Temperance. He died May 
20, 1870. Fie married, January 20, 1831, Mary 
Charity Gregory, who died July 6, 1834. He 
married (second), in 1835, Lucy Ann Gregory, 
a sister of his first wife, wdio died January i, 
1851. He married (third), June 3, 1853, Mar)- 
E. (Borden) Hewett, who died in 1881. Chil- 
dren of first wife: Marion, born March 20, 
1832, died in infancy; Mary H., born May 10, 
1834. Children of second wife; Lester B. ; 
Edwin L., mentioned below; Sarah H. ; Lewis 
J., born 1846, enlisted during the civil war in 

Battery L, Ninth Regiment Artillery, New 
York, died in Washington, D. C, July 9, 1864, 
of fever contracted in the Wilderness cam- 

(\'I11) Ca])tain Edwin L. Huntington, son 
iif Edwin Huntington, was born in Mexico, 
New ^'ork, July 8, 1839, and was educated in 
the public schools there and in the Mexico 
Academy. Vrnm 1856 to 1858 he was in Wis- 
consin and Michigan. In 1861, when Presi- 
dent Lincoln called for volunteers, after the 
attack of Fort Sumter, he was one of the first 
to enlist, and from first to last during the civil 
war was active in service. He went to the 
front in the first regiment that left the county, 
being mustered in as a private and winning 
promotion from grade to grade until he was 
captain of his company. He enlisted in Com- 
pany B, Twenty-fourth New York Volunteer 
Infantry, First Brigade (the famous Iron Bri- 
gade), I-'irst Division, First Army Corps. Mr. 
1 luntington took part in the following engage- 
ments during the years 1861-63; Bailey's Cross 
Roads, July 25, 1861 ; h'alls Church,' October 
8, 18^)1; Falmouth. April 17, 1862; Massa- 
ponax, August 6, 1862; Rappahamiock River, 
.\ngust 22, 1862 ; (iainesville, .\ugust 28, 1862 ; 
Sulphur Springs, August 29, i8(>2; Groveton, 
August 29, 18(12; I'uU Run, August 30, 1862; 
Little River Turnpike, September i, 1862; 
South Mountain, September 14, 1862; Antie- 
tam, .Sej)tember 17, 1862; Fredericksburg, De- 
cember 14-13, 1862; Pollock's Mill Creek, 
.\pril 29, i8()3; Chancellorsville, May 2-3, 1863. 
At Chancellorsville Mr. Huntington was the 
only private in Company B to escape injury, 
all the others being wounded or killed. He 
was slightly wounded at Fredericksburg. He 
was honorably discharged and mustered out 
May 29, 1863. He reelisted in 1863, and was 
commissioned second lieutenant in Captain 
Frank Sinclair's Battery L, Ninth New York 
.Artillery, and was commissioned captain July 
6, 1863. His regiment was in the Second Bri- 
gade, Third Division, Sixth Army Corps, and 
took ])art in the following engagements in 
18(14-65; Cold Harbor, May 31 to June 12, 
1864; Petersburg, June 15-19, 1864; Weldon 
Railroad, June 21-23, 1864; Washington, July 
12-13, 1864; Charlestown, August 21, 1864; 
Summit Point, August 29, 1864; Winchester, 
September 19, 1864; near Cedar Creek, Octo- 
ber 26, 1864; assault on Petersburg Works, 
March 25, 1864; fall of Petersburg, April 2, 
1865 ; Sailors' Creek, April 6, 1865, and Appo- 



matox Court House, April 9, 1865. He was 
slightly wounded at Cedar Creek. He was 
honorably discharged and mustered out Sep- 
tember 6, 1865. 

Upon his return from the front Captain 
Huntington engaged in business as a druggist, 
in the town of Mexico, and enjoyed a large 
and flourishing business for a number of years. 
Since the war he has been prominent in the 
state militia and in the public service. In June, 
1878, he organized a company which was at- 
tached to the Forty-eighth Regiment, New- 
York National Guard, commonly known as 
the Huntington Guards, and for a period of 
twelve years was captain. It was composed 
largely of veterans and won the reputation of 
being one of the finest companies in the regi- 
ment. It was called into service several times, 
the most important being at the time of the 
railroad riots at Hornellsville and otlier parts 
of New York state. In 1880 Captain Hunting- 
ton was unanimously nominated for the office 
of sherifif of Oswego county, on the first ballot 
in the Re]niblican county convention, being the 
first nominee in the county to receive the nomi- 
nation for this office without a contest. He 
was elected bv an unusually large plurality. 
In 1894 he was elected supervisor of the town 
of Mexico and reelected from year to year 
until he had served fourteen years, and he be- 
came one of the most prominent members in 
the board of supervisors of the county. He 
has always been a Republican. His first vote 
was cast for Lincoln. He was commander of 
Melzar I^ichards Post, No. 367, Grand Army 
of the Republic, for twenty-one years, and the 
camp of Sons of Veterans in Mexico was 
named for him. He has always taken a keen 
interest in village improvement, and largely 
through his energy and support the electric 
lighting system was secured. In the move- 
ment to raise funds for the soldiers' monu- 
ment he was an earnest worker. The monu- 
ment was erected in the Mexico cemetery. 
He is a member of Mexico Lodge, No. 136, 
Free Masons, and has been honored with all 
the offices in succession ; member of Mexico 
Oiapter, No. 135, Royal Arch Masons: of 
Lake Ontario Commandery, Knights Templar. 
In religion he is a Methodist. 

He married (first), September i, 1868, Flor- 
ence A. Allen, born in Mexico, died April 20, 
1888, daughter of Alonzo .'\llen. He married 
(second), in 1891, Mary A. Tourdot, born in 
Mexico, 1862, daughter of Joseph and Mary 

Tourdot. Children: i. Edith L., born July 30, 
1871 : married, March 5, i8gi, Clinton E. 
Avery : child, l<'lorence Avery. 2. Lulu Adelle, 
born March 22. 1875 : married, June 18, 1902, 
Dr. L. D. Pulsifer, of Mexico: children, Allen 
Huntington and Helen D. Pulsifer. 

John Everts, or Evarts, immi- 
E\'ERTS grant ancestor, was born in 
England, and settled early in 
Concord, Massachusetts, of which he was made 
a freeman by the general court in March, 1637- 
38. He resided there several years, and at 
least two of his children were born there. He 
removed to Guilford, Connecticut, and took the 
freeman's oath in Connecticut, February 5. 
1631-52. In 1655 he was defendant in two 
civil suits, being then a resident of (juilford. 
He purchased John Mepham's allotment at 
Guilford, for twenty-one pounds, July 29, 
165 1. In 1667 he was appointed tithingman. 
He is said to have lived also at New Haven 
for a time. He died at Guilford, May 9, 1669. 
He married (first) Elizabeth .and (sec- 
ond). May zy, 1663, Elizabeth, widow of John 
Pannelce, who died in November. 1688. Chil- 
dren of first wife: John, born February 29, 
1639-40, mentioned below: Judah, October 27, 
1642, at Concord; Daniel, 1643: James, 1648: 
Elizabeth, married Peter Abbott, and was mur- 
dered by her husband at Fairfield, for which 
offence he was tried, convicted and executed, 
October 16, 1667. 

(II) John Everts, son of John Everts, or 
Evarts, was Ijorn at Concord, February 29, 
1639-40, died at Guilford, December 28, 1692. 
He married (first), September 14, 1663, Mary, 
daughter of Thoma's French. She died in 1668, 
and he married (second) Mary, daughter of 
Alexander Bow, of Middletown, Connecticut. 
She died April 25, 1700. Children of first 
wife, born at Guilford: Mary, born August 12, 
1666: John, September 16. 1668. Children of 
second wife, born at Guilford: Hannah, No- 
vember 12, 1670: Sarah, June 4, 1673; Eliza- 
beth, 1674: Nathaniel, mentioned below; Me- 
hitable, February 23, 1678-79: Ebenezer, Sep- 
tember 15, 1681 : Silence, January 26, 1683-84: 
Patience, May 14, 1689. 

(III) Nathaniel, son of John Everts, was 
born at Guilford, July 24, 1673, died in May, 
1739. He lived at East Guilford, where he 
was assessed, in 1716, for sixty-six pounds 
seven shillings six pence. He married. May 7, 
1707, Margaret, daughter of Dr. Thomas Hast- 

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ings, of Hatfield, Massachusetts. Children, 
born at (inilford: John, September 21, 1708, 
lived at Salisbury and New Haven, X'ermont; 
Margaret, August 22, 1710; Rllijah, mentioned 
below; Nathaniel, May 9, 1719: Sylvanus, 
March 31, 1721. 

( I\' ) Elijah, son of Nathaniel Everts, was 
born at (juilford, April 4, 1712. He probably 
married Ciillette. 

(V) Samuel (iillett Everts, son or nephew 
of Elijah Everts, was born at (juilford, Janu- 
ary 29, 174A. Many of his near relatives set- 
tled in \'ermont and New York. In 1790 
Euther, Ambrose, Timothy, Solomon, Jesse, 
Jesse Jr., James, Gilbert H., Edward, Eber. 
Charles and Abner were heads of families in 
New Haven. Salisbury, Middlebury, Sunder- 
land and other towns in \'ermont. Many of 
the \'ermont families afterward moved to New 
York and westward. .\mos, Jonathan ami 
Solomon were heads of families in Massachu- 
setts, in 1790, according to the first federal 
census. Luther Everts, of Lanesborough, and 
Judah Everts, of Stockbridge, were soldiers 
from Massachusetts in the revolution. Eben- 
ezer Everts, a brother of Samuel Everts, set- 
tled in the town of Me.xico, Oswego county, 
New York, in 1804, clearing a farm in the 
southwest ])art oi the town, and had sons Fred- 
erick and I'hilo Everts. Saiuuel Everts came 
to Mexico about 1804 and settled on the farm 
which his descendants still own and occupy. 
Samuel married, September 10, 1771, .Sarah 
Fuller. Their sons Elijah, Walter, Samuel 
and Luther Everts took up farms in Me.xico. 
Children of Samuel (jillette and Sarah FN-erts : 
Elijah, Samuel (mentioned below), \VaIter, 
Luther, Electa, Sarah, Asenatli, ( )live and 

(\'l ) Samuel, son of Samuel Cillett FIverts, 
was born in Connecticut, September 20, 1780, 
and came with his father and uncle's family to 
Mexico. He drew land and cleared a farm in 
Mexico and besides following farming was a 
land surveyor. He gave the land for a church 
in his neighborhood, now called North Mexico 
church. He married Lucinda Roberts. He 
died at the age of seventy years; his wife at 
the age of eighty. Children: Myron, mention- 
ed below ; Alma, Matilda, Milton, Sarah and 
Avery, the last dying in young manhood, the 
others living to an advanced age. 

(\'n) Myron, son of .Samuel Everts, was 
born in ^lexico, in 1816, died there, in 1908, at 
the age of ninety-two. He attended the com- 

mon schools of his native town, and worked 
during boyhood on his father's farm. On ac- 
count of his father's illness, he had to take 
charge of the farm at an early age, and he fol- 
lowed farming throughout his life. Fie was 
a competent and successful business man. In 
jjolitics he was a Republican. He married, Oc- 
tober 20. 1840, Lucretia Matthews, born x\pril 
3, 1820, (lied in 1892, daughter of Edmund 
Matthews. Fler father was born in Massachu- 
setts, January 3. 1775. died September 2. 1848, 
one of the first settlers of Mexico, t)swego 
county. New York; married (first), iMcy 
liruce. born .March 11, 1780, died October 12, 
1803. Edmund Matthews married (second), 
December 24. 1806. Lucy McLellan, born Jan- 
uary 10, 1779, died February 2, 1862. Child 
of Edmund and Lucy (Bruce) Matthews: 
Charles I!. Matthews, born March 27, 1803. 
Children of Edmund and Lucy (McLellan) 
.Matthews: Henry Matthews, born January 
25. 1808, died June 24, 1874; Lucy Mat- 
thews, born December 11, 1810. died (Jctober 
8, 1861 ; Pa.schal P., born August 5, 1812, died 
in Chicago, Illinois, in 1906, one of the great 
financiers of the country, who achieved his 
wealth by his own efforts, who married. May 
I, 1840, Louisa Vinton, born November 11, 
1809, anil had one child, Lucy .Mice Matthews., 
born December 2, 1842, died .-\ugust 4, 1882; 
Emery Matthews, born September 12, 1813,. 
died in i860; Lucretia Matthews, married 
Myron Everts, as stated above. Children of 
Myron and Lucretia Everts: Edmund M., men- 
tioned below ; Charles IL, mentioned below. 

( VHI) Edmund M., son of Myron Everts,, 
was born June 11, 1850, in Mexico, on tl'.e old 
Matthews homestead. Fie attended the iwblic 
schools of his native town and th.e Mexico 
Academy. For nearly fifty years he lived on 
the farm vvdiere he was born and followed 
farming from his early youth. In 1901 he re- 
tired from active labor and since the:i he has 
resided in the village of Mexico. In ])oIitics 
he is a Republican ; in religion a Presbyterian. 
He married, September 25, 1879, Margaret 
Cadby, born November 6, 1853, in Jefferson 
county. New York, daughter of George and 
Marg,?ret (Dean) Cadby. Fler father was 
born in England and settled in Jefferson county. 
New York, when a young man. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Everts: i. Paschal P., born July 
I, 1880, educated in the public scl.oi L and a 
graduate of Mexico Academy and Columbia 
College, a pharmacist in New York City : mar- 



ried, June 28, 1905, Mrs. Ella (Sherman) 
Mabey. 2. Ethel Lucretia, February 9, 1888, 
a graduate from the Mexico high school and 
academy, also a graduate of the State Normal 
School, at Oswego, now a kindergarten teacher. 
(\'III) Charles H., second son of Myron 
Everts, was born in Mexico, April 20, 1854, 
and was brought up on the old Matthews home- 
stead on which he was born. He attended the 
public schools, Mexico Academy and the State 
Normal School, at Oswego. After completing 
his education he engaged in farming and 
other occupations. He is a member of the 
Mexico Lodge, No. 136, Free and Accepted 
Masons; of Mexico Chapter, No. 135, Royal 
Arch Masons ; of Ontario Lake Command- 
ery. Knights Templar, of Oswego; of Media 
Temple, Mystic Shrine, of W'atertown ; of the 
Citizens Club, of Syracuse. In politics he is a 
Republican. He married, December 29, 1883, 
Emma E. Aird, born in Richland, Oswego 
county. New York, March 15, 1854, daughter 
of Robert and F'hilinda (Tyler) Aird. Her 
father was born in New Y'ork state, son of 
Matthew Aird, who was born in Scotland, and 
came to New York soon after 1800. Matthew 
Aird married Sarah Howard (see Howard V). 
Robert Aird was a soldier in the civil war, 
serving three years in the One Hundred and 
Tenth New York Regiment, \'olunteer Infan- 
try, and is a member of the Grand Army, the 
Free Masons, of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and a Republican in politics ; married 
Philinda Tyler, born in Pulaski, Oswego coun- 
ty. New Y'ork, daughter of William and Ruha- 
mah ( Morton ) Tyler, of New Haven, (L)swego 
county, previously of Connecticut. William 
Tyler was a farmer at New Haven, and a 
soldier in the war of 1812. Child of Mr. and 
Mrs. Charles H. Everts: Myron Aird, born 
1887, died aged two months. 

(The Howard Line). 

(I) Henry Howard, immigrant ancestor, 
was doubtless born in England, and he settled 
early at Wethersfield, Connecticut. He also 
lived at Hartford. He was a malster by trade. 
He was born probably in 1623. His will was 
proved .\pril 4, 1709. His inventory amounted 
to five hundred and thirty-one pounds fourteen 
shillings six pence. He married, at Hartford. 
September 28, 1648, Sarah Stone. Children : 
Mary, born 1651 : Sarah, 1633 : Elizabeth, i()56 ; 
John and Lydia (twins) ; Mary; Samuel, men- 
tioned below. 

(11) Samuel, son of Henry Howard, was 
born in Hartford or Wethersfield, about 1660, 
died in 1716. His inventory dated May 30, 
17 16, amounted to two thousand two hundred 
and five pounds seventeen shillings and seven 
pence. His will was tlated F'ebruary 23, 1716, 
proved August 17 following. He was a pros-« 
perous shop keeper or merchant at Hartford. 
He married Susanna . Children, men- 
tioned in the will, the daughters being minors : 
.Samuel, mentioned below ; Susanna, Abigail 
and Ruth. 

( III ) .Samuel (2 ), son of Samuel ( i ) How- 
ard, was born in Hartford, about 1690. He 
and his mother were executors of his father's 
will in 1716, and he inherited house, land and 
business at Hartford. He was in business in 
Hartford. He died there in 1749. His inven- 
tory shows an estate valued at four thousand 
four hundred pounds, January 12. 1749-50. 
His widow Alice sold real estate in 1751 and 
the estate was distributed in that year. She 
was appointed administratrix, March 22, 1749- 
50. He had only one son, Samuel, and several 
daughters, whose names are not known. 

( I\'') Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) How- 
ard, was born about 1720. He received a 
double share from his father's estate in 175 1. 
Sons : Samuel, mentioned below ; James ; Ben- 
jamin ; Daniel. 

(\ ) Samuel (4), son of Samuel (3) How- 
ard, was born at Hartford, and removed to 
Benson, Rutland county, \'ermont, according 
to the history of that town, with several 
brothers. In 1790 Samuel Howard, of Ben- 
son, had one son under sixteen and three 
females in his family, accortling to the first 
federal census; his* brother James had two 
sons under sixteen and tvv'o females, and his 
brother Benjamin two males over sixteen, 
three under that age and two females. His 
brother James was deacon of the Benson Con- 
gregational Church in 1797, and died in 1831, 
aged sixty-eight. All of the brothers lived on 
Howard Hill. Sanuiel, James, Daniel and prob- 
ably Benjamin. Samuel Howard was a soldier 
in the revolution in Captain James Davis's 
company in 1781, in Connecticut, and went to 
Vermont about 1785. He was selectman of 
Benson from 1791 to 1795; in 1800, from 1806 
to 1 81 6; and represented the town in the state 
legislature in 1815 and 1823. He died there 
in .'\pril, 183 1, aged seventy years. His son. 
Major Edward S. Howard, was an active an-d 
successful man in lienson, representative to 

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the legislature in 1S42. died June 7, 1863, aged 
seventy-two years. Sarah lloward, daughter 
of Samuel llovvard, married Matthew Aird and 
settled in Xew York state; her son, Rohert 
Aird, married I'hilinda Tyler and their daugh- 
ter, Emma E. Aird, married, in 1883, Charles 
H. Evarts (see Evarts VIII). 

Christopher (Goodwin, the im- 
GOODWIX migrant ancestor, was horn 
in luigland and settled in 
C'harlestown, Massachusetts, wdiere his wife 
Mar}- was admitted to the church, August 9, 
1656. He was a mason by trade. He ilied 
there, according to his gravestone, January 22, 
1682, aged sixty-five years. Children : En- 
sign Nathaniel, deputy to general court from 
Charlestown. removed to Reading, where his 
son, John was a prominent citizen : Christo- 
pher, mentioned below ; John, iiad son John, 
not one mentioned below ; Mary, married, 1672, 
\\'illiam ISrown; Elizabeth, born March 13. 
1659: Timothy, bajitized June 8, 1662. 

(II) Christopher (2), son of Christopher 
(i) Goodwin, was born in 1647, according to 
his deposition, 1682, giving his age as thirty- 
five. He was like his father, a mason by trade. 
He and his wife were admitted to the Charles- 
town church,. March 18, 1676-77. He married 
(first). May 11. 1672, Mercy Crouch, who died 
July, 1678, aged twenty-five ; ( second ), Decem- 
ber 10, 1678, Joanna Johnson. Children (jf 
first wife: Mary, born December 15, 1672; 
Hannah, baptized April 30. 1676; Mercy, bap- 
tized June 6, 1680. Children of second wife: 
Deborah, baptized June 6, 1680: Christo^jher, 
baptized r)ctober 8. 1681 : John, mentioned 

(III) John, son of Christopher (2) Good- 
win, was born about 1683-85, in Charlestown. 
He resided in Boston, Cambridge, Maiden and 
Charlestown. He was a housewright by trade, 
and left a large estate for his day. He mar- 
ried (first) : (second) Lydia 

Sprague, November 25, 1714: (third), Sep- 
tember 3, 1751, Margaret Gibbs, who died in 
1759, probably a Prentiss of Cambridge. He 
was taxed in Charlestown 1727-48; was of 
Cambridge in 1724. His son Edw^ard was ap- 
pointed administrator February 19, 1753. He 
owne'l land to the eastward with the Plymouth 
Land Company. His widow Margaret was tax- 
ed in 1756. Children : Edward ; John, men- 
tioned below; Samuel, born March 16, 1716-17. 

(I\') John (2), son of John (ij Goodwin, 

was born about 1710. and was baptized, an 
adult, November 2, 1736. at Charlestown. He 
was also a housewright. He was a soldier in 
the revolution, a private in Captain Sanford's 
company, enlisting January 11, 1777, Colonel 
Phili|} I'). ISradley's regiment, from Connecti- 
cut ; also in Captain Jcinathan Rudd's com- 
[lany. Colonel Chapman's regiment, August 
2, to September 12, 1778; also in an inde- 
pendent company from Lebanon, Connecticut, 
in Twelfth Regiment, under Cajitain John. 
\aughan. He married (first). April 8, 1736, 
Ann Davison, who died June 14, 1752, aged 
according to her gravestone, thirty-seven years. 
He married (second) (intentions dated March 
I. 1753), Anna Cox. of Boston. He was tax- 
ed in Charlestown, \j2y-2[j. In 1770 he deed- 
eil land on Bow street, formerly owned by his 
father. His widow had a claim for loss on 
account of the battle of Bunker Hill. Chil- 
dren, born and baptized at Charlestown: John, 
horn November j^. 1726, Baptismal dates: 
Ann, .\pril 2;^. 1738: Samuel, December 30, 
1739; Sarah, February 21, 1742; David, Octo- 
ber 19, 1744; Jonathan, mentioned below; 
Hannah, May 2-. 1730; William, October 12, 
1735; Elizabeth, November 2~. 1737; Rebecca, 
February 24, 1760; Mary, August 9, 1761 ; 
Abigail, January i, 1 7^)3. 

I \' ) Jonathan, son of John (2) Goodwin, 
was born at Charlestown. in May, 1747, and 
baptized there, July 26, 1747. He married, in 
1768, .Anna Clark.' He and his brother Will- 
iam located at Lebanon, Connecticut. In 171)0 
the first federal census shows that Jonathan 
had two males over sixteen, one under that 
age. and two females ; William had a son under 
sixteen and four females, wliile .Samuel, a son 
of Jt)nathan or William, had one son under 
si> teen and two females. 

( \'I ) Rev. Jonathan (2) Goodwin, son of 
Jonathan ( i ) (ioodwin, w'as born about 1770, 
in Lebanon. Connecticut, or came there with 
his ])arents. He became a minister of the 
Bajjtist church. In June. 1810, a committee 
was appointed by the church at Mansfield, 
Connecticut, to arrange for the calling of Mr. 
(Goodwin, and he preached there for eighteen 
}'ears. After he was dismissed from Mans- 
field he removed to Middletown, Connecticut, 
to the \\'estfield Society. He preached for 
forty years, anil was well known and highly 
respected. In 1830 he founded the Baptist 
church at Mexico, New York, and preached 
there as its pastor for five years, after which 



he returned to Connecticut. He married Alary 
Cheever, who died in 1825. He married (sec- 
ond), in 1826, Sarah Wilcox, who died in 
1829; (third) Abigail Wilcox, in 1835. He 
died at Mexico, aged eighty years. Children : 
Mar)'; Alilo; Calvin, mentioned below; I'hilo; 
Lucinda ; Jonathan, born at Alansfield, lulv i. 

(Vn ) Calvin, son of Rev. Jonathan (2) 
Goodwin, was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 
December, 1800. He was educated in the 
public schools in Connecticut. In 1828 he came 
to Mexico, New York, and settled on a farm, 
which is now the site of the village of Mexico. 
He continued to follow farming until 1855, 
when he retired. He held various offices of 
trust and responsibility. For many years he 
was a trustee of the Baptist church. He died 
in Mexico, in 1869. He married (, at 
Mansfield, Coimecticut. December 16, 1824, 
Emily Hinckley, born there, in 1802, died at 
Mexico, 1845. He married (second) Rhoda 
Druce, died in 1887. Chiklrcn of first wife: 
Josiah Austin, born at Mansfield, September 
15, 1825; Joseoh Clark; Henry; George H., 
mentioned below ; Lucia ; Louisa. The two 
youngest died in infancy, and George H. was 
the only survivor in 191 1, in which year he died. 

(VIII) George H., son of Calvin Goodwin, 
was born in Mexico, New York, December 15, 
1833. He attended the public schools and the 
Mexico Academy. He studied law in the 
offices of Judge Cyrus Whitney, of Orville 
Robinson and James Noxon, and was gradu- 
ated from the Albany Law School, in the class 
of 1856. He practiced his profession in Os- 
wego county and in the state of California 
for several years, but was afterwards diverted 
in some degree from the law by ill health and 
the cares devolving upon him in the settle- 
ment of various estates, and in recent years 
gave more time to business and literature than 
to his profession. He formerly took a keen 
interest in politics and held many offices of 
trust and honor. He was chairman of the 
Democratic county committee many years, and 
was fre(|uently chosen delegate to state and 
other nominating conventions of his party. In 
1879 he was president of the incorporated 
village of Mexico, and, in 1883, supervisor of 
the town, being the only Democrat, with one 
exception, that had been elected supervisor of 
the town for fifty years or more. Mr. Good- 
win traveled extensively both in this country 
and al)n 1,-1(1. In 1882 he \'isited Ireland, Englancl, 

France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium 
and Holland. In 1889 he made a more ex- 
tended tour in the east, ascending the Nile 
river, visiting Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Greece, 
and many islands in the Mediterranean Sea. 
i le has traveled in almost every part of North 
.America. W'hile he was abroad he wrote a 
series of letters that were published in the 
local newspapers and widely copied in the 
newspapers of the state. In recent years he 
silent the winters in California. His courtesy 
and kindliness of manner, his social qualities 
and broad culture explain in some degree his 
popularity. Vew men in the county, if any, 
were as well known and highly esteemed. He 
married, June, 1883, Adelaide E. Alfred, died 
April II, 1884, daughter of Charles L. Webb, 
of Mexico. Their only child, Mabel A., died 
.September 28, 1884. 

John Richardson, immi- 
RICHARDSOX grant ancestor. came from 

England about 1636 and 
settled in Watertown, where he had a grant 
of land in the Beaver Brook Plowlands, within 
the present city of Waltham. His name is not 
found in Watertown after 1643, as he doubt- 
less emigrated from there with many others. 
There was a John Richardson in Exeter, New 
Hampshire, in 1642. but he did not continue 
there. It seems probable that he was inijili- 
cated in the .Antimomian controversy in 1637, 
which wt)uld account for his leaving Water- 
town in 1637, and if he, being an ardent, im- 
pulsive, indiscreet young man. was a favorer 
of the Rev. Air. Wheelwright, it is quite likely 
that he followed the latter to Exeter, and later 
to W^ells. Alaine, where Air. Wheelwright had 
])urchased about five hunilred acres of land, in 
April, 1643. Here a church was formed with 
Wheelwright as its pastor, and Richardson 
doubtless was one of its members. John Rich- 
ardson, of Exeter, had a wife there, Hannah 
Tryer, or Truair. It is safe to conclude that 
this John Richardson who came to Watertown 
and was afterwards in Exeter and later \\'ells. 
Alaine, was the father of John, who appears 
in the latter place in 1673, and, in 1679, mar- 
ried Rebecca Clark, of Medfield, Alassachu- 
setts. There is no mention of the Aledfield 
Richardsons until 1679. 

(H) John (2), son of John (i) Richard- 
son, was born about 1(150, in \\'ells, Alaine. 
and married, Alay i. 1678-79, Rebecca, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Alice (Pepper) Clark, born 



August 16, iUm. in Aledfielil. died I-Vbruary 
17- 173S-39. in Slierborn, Massachusetts. She 
married (second) John Hill, of the latter place. 
John Richardson first appears in Medfield, in 
1676, when he was credited with a month's 
service in the Medfield garrison. In 1678 he 
had a grant of land from the town on the west 
side of the river. February 21, 1675, Medfield 
was attacked by five hundred Indians and fifty 
buildings antl two mills were destroyed and 
twenty people killed. During this time John 
Richardson was doubtless in Maine, but after 
the death of King Philip, in August, 1676, the 
war ceased in Massachusetts, but continued to 
rage in Maine, and he then moved to Medfield. 
His home there was very near the present village 
of East Medway, which was up to 171 3 a part 
of Medfield. He was a cordwainer by trade 
and cultivated a small farm of less than fifty 
acres. He was a member of the MedfieKl 
church before 1697, as was also his wife. He 
died there May 29, 1697, about fifty years of 
age. No will is founfl on record, and he pos- 
sessed but little property. The inventory of 
his estate, February 22, 1699, included a home- 
stead of twenty-six acres, with orchard and 
buildings, valued at thirty pounds, eight acres 
of meadow near Boggastovv Brook, and ten 
acres of upland and swamp near Bear Hill. 
Powers of administration were granted his 
widow, July 18, 1700. Children: John, men- 
tioned below ; Elizabeth, born September 24, 
1681 ; Daniel, August 31, 1685; Joseph, 1687; 
Mehitable, June 16, 1689; Benjamin, 1693; 
Rebecca, February 28, 1696-97. 

(HI) John (3), son of John (2) Richard- 
son, was born in Medfield, now Medway. April 
25. 1679. He was a cordwainer, but later be- 
came a husbandman, and was also a carpenter. 
He refused the real estate left him by his 
father, which was accepted by his brother Dan- 
iel. He owned considerable land, as shown 
in various deeds. He and his wife sold to 
Nathaniel Fairbank, of Wrentham, two parcels 
of land in Wrentham. For two hundred 
pounds he sold to his son Moses of Medway 
forty acres of land in Medway. He died in 
Medfield, now East Aledway, May 19, 1759, 
and his son John was appointed, February 13, 
1761, his administrator. He married, about 
1699, Esther, daughter of John Brack, of Mod- 
field, born there, 1679: died of cancer, x\ugust 
17, 1774. Children: Sarah, born April 25, 
1700: John, C)ctober 22, 1701 ; David, June 
10, 1703, died March 2^, 1723-24; Jonathan, 

February i, 1704-05 ; Esther, January 2, 1706- 
07; Mary, September 9, 1709; Joseph, April 
3, 171 1 ; Samuel, January 3, 1713-14; Solomon, 
mentioned below; Moses, February 8, 1717; 
Asa, October 16. 1720; David, December 6, 

( I\ J Solomon, son of John (3) Richard- 
son, was born April 21, 1716, and died Novem- 
ber, 1771. He married, at Medway, Rebecca 
Alann. Children, born at Medway: Amasa, 
March 8, 1744; Sarah, October 24, 1746; Asa, 
September 25, 1752; Oliver, mentioned below. 

(V) Oliver, son of Solomon Richardson, 
was born in Medway, August 12, 1754. He 
appears to be the Oliver Richardson who set- 
tled .1 Oneida county probably after 1790, and 
removed later to Oswego county. New York. 
Children: Oliver; Reuben; John M., mention- 
ed below ; Alvin ; Edward. Alvin was an 
assemblyman of New Y'ork state from Oswego 

(VI) John M., son of Oliver Richardson, 
was born about 1775. He settled in Mexico, 
New York, and, in 1838, represented his dis- 
trict in the state assembly. He cleared a farm 
in the wilderness at what is now Mexico. 

(\'I1) Alvin, son of John AI. Richardson, 
was born about 1800, in Massachusetts, and 
came with the family when a child to C)swego 
county. He was apprenticed to a blacksmith, 
and followed this trade many years. He be- 
came one of the leading men of the town, for 
many years was justice of the peace and a 
faithful town officer and magistrate; in 1868 
he represented the town in the state assem- 
bly. He married Nancy Douglass. He died 
in 1883, at the age of eighty-three years; his 
wife died in the 70's. He had a large family, 
who all (lied young excepting Charles H., men- 
tioned below. 

( Mil ) Charles H., son of Alvin Richard- 
son, was born in Mexico, New York, in 1823. 
In his youth he attended the public schools and 
worked on a farm. He also attended the 
Mexico Academy. His occu[)ation through 
life was farming, and he lived in his native 
town. He was a member of the Icjcal lodge of 
Odd Fellows, a Baptist in religion, and a Re- 
publican in politics. He married Eliza H. 
Skinner, born in 1833, died in 1880, daugh- 
ter of Hon. Avery Skinner (see .Skinner). 

( IX) Webster M.. only child of Charles H. 
Richardson, was born in Mexico, New York, 
August 25, 1853. He attended the public 
schools of his native town and Mexico Acad- 



emy. During his boyhood he worked at farm- 
ing, and continued to make farming his occu- 
pation when a young man. He was active in 
poHtics and town affairs, and, in 1880, was ap- 
pointed notary public. He came to the village 
of Mexico in 1884, and has lived there since. 
For twelve years he was justice of the peace, 
and largely occupied with his duties as mag- 
istrate and member of the town board. For 
eleven years he was clerk of the incorporated 
village of Mexico. Since August i, 1899, 
he has been postmaster of Mexico, having 
been appointed by President McKinley and 
reappointed by President Roosevelt. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. He is a member of 
Mexico Lodge, No. 136, Free Masons; of 
Mexico Chapter, No. 135, Royal Arch Masons ; 
of the Order of the Eastern Star. He attends 
the Presbyterian church. He married, April 
II, 1875, Ida A. Bettinger, born February 27, 
1858, daughter of Hiram and Ruth (Rose) 
Bettinger, of Oswego county. Children: i. 
Matie E., died aged one year. 2. Alvin W., 
born Mav 24, 1878, assistant postmaster; mar- 
ried Sadie Eason ; children : Robert and Velma. 
3. Charles H., bom May 19, 1884; now in the 
employ of the American Express Company at 

Phineas Osborn was probably a 
OSBORN native of Vermont, who settled 
in Herkimer county, New York, 
and removed thence to Clayton, Jeft'erson coun- 
ty, New York, in 1817. His farm in Clayton 
was about three miles northwest of the fjlls, 
three miles north of Depauville, on what was 
known as "Elm Flats." He married Ann Frame, 
and they ha<l children : Caroline, Clarissa, Eliza, 
Mary, Eleanor, Duane, Daniel Webster, Will- 
iam, Phineas Alden and Orlando. Another 
source of information gives Thomas Schuyler. 
The home of the family in Vermont has not 
been located, but it may be said that the first 
federal census of Vermont, taken in 1790, 
gives the names of these heads of family, John, 
Joseph, Lemuel; Benjamin, of Tinmouth ; 
Isaac, of Pittsford. 

(II) Orlando, son of Phineas Osborn, was 
born in Clayton, Jefferson county. New York. 
May II, 1835. He attended the district school 
in his native town, anil at an early age began 
to learn the trade of miller in the old mill at 
Depauville. For several years he followed his 
trade in Jefferson county and then in Kansas 
and .Arizona, remaining in the west for sixteen 

years. In 1898 he returned to New York state, 
and in partnership with his son, W. H. Os- 
born, purchased the mills at Woodville and the 
\'alley Mills in Madison county, New York, 
and he continued in business to the end of his 
life. He died January 6, 1905. In politics he 
was a Republican, in religion a Universalist. 
He married, December 2^, 1858, Elizabeth 
Faire. wlio was born in Clayton. September 3, 
1836, daughter of Thomas and Alargaret 
( Bearon ) Faire. Her father was born in 
Dublin, Ireland, of English parentage, and was 
a iarge landowner in Dublin. He came to 
Canada in the British army and when his term 
of service expired, he settled at Clayton and 
followed farming, and for many years worked 
in the .\shery, Margaret Bearon was a native 
of France and came with her father's family 
to settle in Montreal, Canada. The chiUlren 
of Thomas and Margaret (Bearon) Faire 
were : William ; Mary ; Elizabeth ; Juliann ; 
Marcella, who died young; Junia ; Alice Mar- 
cella ; Joseph, who died young ; Ella and Lu- 
cinda. Mr. Faire died April 13, 1890, and 
his widow died in the following year. 

Children of ( )rlando and Elizabeth ( Faire j 
Osborn : Clara ; Lorantine ; DeWitt Clinton ; 
William H., mentioned below ; P'rederick ; Eva, 
and Charles, the latter died in infancy. 

(HI) William H., son of Orlando Osborn, 
was born in Cape Vincent, Jefferson county. 
New York, .August 16, 1864. He worked in 
the mill with his father during his boyhood. 
His schooling was very limited even for those 
days. When he was fifteen he went to work 
in a mill owned by his uncle, Phineas .\lden 
Osborn, at Dexter, New York, and afterward 
worked for two years for A. H. Herrick & 
Son, at Watertow'n. New York. .After an- 
other year in the employ of his uncle at Dexter 
and four years in the employ of Farwell & 
Rhines, of Watertown, he entered upon a busi- 
ness career on his own account. He had ac- 
c|uired a broad and detailed knowledge of the 
lousiness and a wide and diversified experience, 
entirely through his own efforts and perse- 
verance. In 1891 he bought the old Bryant 
mill at the village of Evans Mills, New York, 
and contluctcd it until he sold it in 1895. Two 
months later, in May, 1895, he bought the old 
S. H. Pitcher mill, at -Adams, New York, and 
conducted it three years. In 1896, in partner- 
ship with his father, he bought the Woodville 
Mill. In March, 1898, he bought the .Almerion 
N. Thomas mill, in Alexico. New York, an<l 


conducted it until May i8, 1910. In tlic mean- 
time he also bought a half interest in the Pots- 
dam Mills and iield this interest for three years, 
and in addition to his various sawmill prop- 
erties, he had organized the Wright & Osborn 
Lumber Company and had an extensive busi- 
ness in lumber and in building and contracting. 
Before he sold his mill, Mr. Osborn had bought 
a half interest in the Wilson Canning Com- 
pany, with factories at Mexico, in Oswego 
county ; Taberg. Oneida county, and at Rush, 
Monroe county. The comjiany also has a 
leased factory at Taberg. The business of the 
concern is extensive and among the largest in 
this line in northern New York, having a total 
capacity of two million five hundred thousand 
cans of fruits and vegetables per annum, and 
the plant is run to its full caj^acity. He is 
also the treasurer of the Wilson Canning Com- 
pany ; vice-president of the Citizens National 
Bank, of Adams, and formerly vice-president 
of the Majestic Furniture Coni[)any. In all 
liis various investments and enterprises he has 
been highly successful, possessing the execu- 
tive ability and business sagacity to bring pros- 
perity to every undertaking, an<l is noted for 
iiis fair and scjuare business methods. Though 
an exceedingly busy man, he has never neglect- 
ed the recreations and diversions necessary for 
a healthy mind and body. He is fond of driv- 
ing and has raised and owned some fine horses, 
among which may be mentioned : "Colonel Os- 
born," with a record of 2:o8'4: "Mohonk." 
2:25; "Prodigal Queen." z-.z^^y^; "Miss Bar- 
ney," 2:i3'4: "John Engart," three-year-old, 
2:21 '4. and many others. In ]iolitics he is a 

He married (first). April 5. 1888, Mary C. 
Casler. of Dexter. Jefferson county, daughter 
of Melza and Lydia Casler. She died October 
31. 1895. ^nd he married (second). June 27, 
1900, Lillian M. Ingersoll. who was born at 
Palermo. Oswego county. New York. Ajiril i. 
1 87 1, daughter of Alonson and Lydia (Jen- 
nings) Ingersoll. Children by first wife : Leon 
C'., born November 25, 1890. now manager of 
the Rush Canning Factory; Gaylord F.. born 
September 11, 1894; Kent M.. October i, 1895, 
died November 13, 1897. 

The Lockwoods of Amer- 
LOCKWOOD ica, descendants of Robert 

and Edmund Lockwood. 
who came in Governor W'inthrop's fleet, are of 
English lineage. The Lockwood arms, as de- 

rived from Rev. Richard Lockwood, rector of 
Dingle)- Church, Northampton county, in 1530. 
are: "Argent, a fesse between three martlets 
sable." Crest : "On the stump of an oak tree 
erased proper a martlet sable." Motto: "Tutus 
in L'ndis" (secure against the waves). 

The line herein recorded begins with Rob- 
ert Lockwood. who came from England about 
i')3o: settled in Watertown. Massachusetts, 
where six of his ten children were born. He 
was made a freeman, March 9, 1637. About 
1 64 1 he removed to Fairfield, Connecticut, where 
he died in 1(138. He was made a freeman of 
Connecticut, May 20, 1652; appointed sergeant 
at Fairfield, in Alay, 1657. He married Sus- 
annah — ■ , who after his death was ap- 
pointed administratrix. Of the ten children of 
Robert and Susannah Lockwood, Ephraim. 
luentioned in the next paragra])h was the fifth. 

( II ) E])hraim, son of Robert and Susannah 
Lockwood. was born in Watertown. Massachu- 
setts. December i. 1641. He removed to Con- 
necticut with his father wdien a youth ; was 
made a freeman, October. \H^'j \ married, June 
8, 1665, Mercy, daughter of Alatthias Sention 
(I), of Norwalk, Connecticut. Of their ten 
children. Deacon Eliphalet, mentioned in next 
paragrajih, was the fifth. 

(III) Deacon Eliphalet Lockwood, son of 
Ephraim and Mercy (Sention) Lockwood, 
was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, February 
2y, 1676. died there, October 14, 1753. He 
was representative to the general assembly 
from Norwalk, 1724; deacon of the church; 
married, October 11, 1699, May, born 1673, 
died March 6, 1761. daughter of John Gold, 
of Stanford. Of their nine children. Deacon 
Peter, of further mention, was the eighth. 

( I\ ) Deacon Peter Lockwood, son of Dea- 
con Eliphalet and May ( Gold ) Lockwood, 
was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, March 16, 
1711. died in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1775. 
He served as representative from Norwalk 
six terms, between 1755 and 1764; was deacon 
of the church before removing to Danbury, 
wdiere he died. He married ( first ), September 
8, 1737. Abigail, daughter of Rev. Thomas 
Hawle_\'. of Ridgefield. Connecticut; she died 
June Ci. 1747; married (second). January I. 
1 75 1. Elizabeth, born January 17. 1728. daugh- 
ter of David and Laurana ( Piill ) Lambert, and 
granddaughter of John Bill, of Lebanon. Con- 
necticut : married (third) Hannah Fitch. C)f 
his nine children. Lambert, of further mention. 
was the eighth. 



(V) Lambert, son of Deacon Peter and his 
second wife, Elizabeth (Lambert) Lockwood, 
was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, July 17, 
1757, died February 11, 1825. He was a mer- 
chant of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and lived on 
State street. He was of full stature, fine pres- 
ence and affable manner. In 1792 he built a 
store and wharf at Bridgeport and had a dry 
goods and general store ; also ran a packet 
sloop, the "Julia," to New York. In 1806 he 
was a subscriber and organizer of the Bridge- 
port Bank, and, in 1807, a director. In 181 1 
was chosen first clerk of the Bridgeport and 
Stratford Burying-Ground Association. He 
was a public-spirited man, a devoted member 
of the Congregational church, and his home 
was always open to visiting clergymen. Dur- 
ing the revolution he diil active service ; was 
taken prisoner by Colonel Tryon on his Con- 
necticut raid, but .soon released, as the Amer- 
icans were closely pursuing. He served as as- 
sistant deputy quartermaster-general, his widow 
Elizabeth drawing a pension of six hundred 
dollars annually, on account of his services. 
He married, December 5, 1793, Elizabeth, born 
March i, 1771, died February 3, 1846, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Azel Roe, D. D., of Woodbridge, 
New Jersey. Of his live children, Peter, of 
further mention, was the third. 

(VI) Rev. Peter Lockwood, son of Lam- 
bert and Elizabeth (Roe) Lockwood, was born 
at Bridgeport, Connecticut, February 9, 1798, 
died at Binghamton, New York, November 16, 
1882. He was graduated at Yale College, in 
1817; Andover Theological Seminary, in 1821 ; 
ordained a minister of the gospel, 1823, and 
for a time preached in Virginia ; was settled 
as pastor at Peekskill, New York, 1824. The 
Presbyterian church was established in Bing- 
hamton, New York, in 1817; Rev. Niles was 
the first pastor, serving until 1823, and was 
succeeded by Rev. Peter Lockwood, who con- 
tinued as pastor until 1833. He filled the pul- 
pit and was pastor in charge at Cortland and at 
Berkshire, Tioga county. New York ; then re- 
turning to his former charge in Binghamton, 
where he died, aged eighty-four years nine 
months and seven days. He was a faithful 
Christian ; a devoted minister and served well 
his Master's cause. A successor. Rev. J. P. 
Culliver, D. D., writes of him, "I had always 
regarded Mr. Lockwood since I knew him, as 
a very remarkable man. His force of char- 
acter seemed to press up into view on all occa- 
sions and in all directions, as from an inex- 

haustible fountain. His simplicity and art- 
lessness were even more remarkable, as it 
seemed to me. Happy shall we be if we can 
bear such a record." He married, October 22, 
1822, Matilda, born April 17, 1798, died July 
4, 1886, daughter of Hon. Abraham and Mary 
Sylvester (Wells) Davenport, and granddaugh- 
ter of Hon. Abraham and Elizabeth ( Hunt- 
ington) Davenport, and granddaughter of Rev. 
Noah Wells, D. D., and his wife, Abigail 
( Woolsey ) W^ells. Rev. Peter Lockwood and 
wife celebrated their golden wedding and spent 
an entire married life of sixty years, he being 
the first to die. Children: i. John Davenport, 
born October 9, 1825, died December 20, 1844, 
at Yale College, where a monument was erect- 
ed to his memory by his classmates. 2. Theo- 
dore, born June 30, 1827, died May 8, 1831. 
3. Radcliffe Boorman, born May 6, 1829, died 
February 5, 191 1 ; married, June 3, 1896, Mary 
Brewster Angier, born June 23, 1868, daugh- 
ter of the Rev. Marshall Bullard Angier and 
Emma ( Brewster ) Angier, who was in the 
ninth generation from Elder William Pirewster, 
of the "Mayflower." Rev. Marshall B. Angier 
preached for many years in Windsor, Broome 
county, New York. 4. James Boorman, born 
May 31, 1831, died June 3, 1831. 5. Mary 
Elizabeth, born February 28, 1835. 6. Annie 
Matilda, born October i, 1837, died March 30, 
1909; married. May 18, 1865, Josiah Salisbury 
Leverett, born Windsor, Vermont, January 24, 
1810, son of John and Elizabeth ( Salisbury) 
Leverett. John Leverett was born in Boston, 
Massachusetts, 1758, died 1821, in Windsor, 
Vermont. Elizabeth Salisbury, his wife, was 
born in Boston, 1773; married, 1803; died 
1848 daughter of Deacon Samuel Salisbury 
and his wife, Elizabeth Sewell. Children of 
Annie Matilda: i. John, born March 4, 1866; 
ii. Theodore Lockwood, born October 8, 1867; 
iii. William Josiah, born January 11, 1870; iv. 
Annie Matilda, born October 12, 1871, died 
March 5, 1903 ; v. Mary Elizabeth, born No- 
vember 2(1, 1873; vi. Samuel Salisbury, born 
June 4, 1875, died March 3, 1877. 7. Theo- 
dosia Davenport, born July 28, 1839, died 
December 19, 1907; married, July 23, 1884, 
Henry Harris Jessup, D. D., born April 19. 
1832, died .■\pril 28, 1910. He was for fifty- 
three years a missionary in Beirut, Syria, and 
a work of two volumes of nearly fifteen hun- 
dred pages has been published, showing the 
facts of his wonderful life there. 


1-^ . 




(The Davenport Line). 

Matilda (Davenport) Lockvvood. wife of 
Rev. Peter Lockwood. was a lineal descendant 
of Rev. John Davenjiort. who was of the 
seventeenth generation from Ormers de Daven- 
port, born 1086. and assumed the local name 
of Davenport, a township m the county of 
Chester, England. 

( I) Rev. John Davenport, son of John and 
grandson of Henry Davenport, was born in 
the ancient city of Coventry, Warwickshire. 
England, in 1597. His father was a merchant 
of Coventry, a city of which his grandfather 
was at one time mayor. He pursued his aca- 
demical studies at the grammar school in Cov- 
entry, and, in 1613, was admitted to Merton 
College, Oxford University. After two years 
at Merton, he removed to Magdalena Hall, in 
the same University, where he received the 
degree of A. 11. He was cliaplain at Hilton 
Castle, then assistant in London, and soon 
after vicar of St. Stephens, in that city. This 
was at the time of the dreadful plague which 
carried oi¥ thousands, but the young pastor 
remained at his post. He next returned to 
Oxford, where he received the degree of Mas- 
ter of Arts and also that of Bachelor of Divin- 
ity. Eor the next few years he lived a stormy life, 
as the storm of intolerance and persecution 
was now ready to break against all ministers, 
showing the faintest signs of freedom of 
thought, or action contrary to the authorities 
in control of the Established Church. His 
friendship for Rev. John Cotton soon result- 
ed in his liecoming a non-conformist, a result 
that caused him to resign his pulpit and forced 
liim to take refuge in Holland. His next re- 
solve was to collect a band of colonists and 
seek asylum in America. They sailed on the 
ship "Hector," arriving in Boston, June 26, 
1637. In the fall of that year, with Mr. Eaton, 
he journeyed to Connecticut, where they select- 
ed a spot for his colony to settle, Ouinnipiack, 
the Indian name, at the head of a harbor four 
miles from Long Island sound. .April 14, 1638, 
Air. Davenport, with his band of pilgrims, ar- 
rived at the future New Haven. He was then 
forty-one years of age. The next day was the 
Sabbath ; service was held under the spreading 
branches of an oak tree, and the new settle- 
ment consecrated to God. In 1639 a civil gov- 
ernment was formed and a church organized, 
Mr. Davenport being chosen pastor. Two 
months later the general court, consisting of 
the "seven pillars" of the church, elected offi- 

cers of the new col(.)ny of New Haven. The- 
ojihilus Eaton was chosen governor and solemn - 
ly charged by Rev. Davenport. He was annual- 
ly chosen governor for twenty succeeding years, 
until his death, January. 1658. In 1654 Rev. 
Davenport brought forward a plan for estab- 
lishing a college at New Haven, the town mak- 
ing a donation of land. Governor Hopkins 
donated five hundred pounds sterling. The 
general court erected the college school into a 
college for teaching the three learned lan- 
guages, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Rev. Dav- 
enport took care of the colony school, which 
after his removal to Boston terminated in a 
grammar school, which continued to hold the 
Hopkin"s fund. This was not the origin of 
Yale College: that occurred in 1700. In 1667 
he accepted a call from the Second Church, of 
Boston, where he was installed pastor. Decem- 
ber 9, after fifty years in the ministry, twenty 
in England and thirty years in New Haven. 
He did not long live to minister to his Boston 
congregation, but died of apoplexy, March 15, 
1670. His tomb is in the burying-ground of 
the Stone Chapel Church, on Tremont street, 
Boston. A broad slate stone monument marks 
the spot on which are the following inscrip- 
tions: "Here Lye Intombed the Bodyes of the 
Pamous Reverend and Learned Pastors of the 
Eirst Church of Christ in Boston, viz : Mr. John 
Cotton aged 67 years, deceased December 23, 
1652, Mr. John Davenport aged 72 years, de- 
ceased May 15, 1670, Mr. John Oxenbudge 
aged ()C) years, deceased December 28, 1674." 
He was a great man. He married, in England, 

Elizabeth , died September i, 1672, aged 

seventy-three years. Pier monument was dis- 
covered in T831, in King's Chapel Burial- 
Oounds, near the tomb of Governor Winthrop, 
and not far from the grave of her husband. 

( II ) John (2), only child of Rev. John ( i ) 
and Elizabeth Davenport, was born in Lon- 
don, and did not accomjiany his parents to 
America. He came over in charge of Mr. 
Penwick, in 1639, in one of the only two ships 
that ever came from England to New Haven. 
He was one of the judges of New Haven 
courts in 1661. After removing to Boston 
with his father he was register of probate, but 
at the time of his death, March 21, 1677. is call- 
ed a merchant. He married, November 27, 
1663, Abigail, daughter of Rev. Abraham Pier- 
son, of Branf(.)rd, Connecticut, sister of Rev. 
Abraham (2) Pierson, the first rector of Yale 



(III) Rev. John (3) Davenport, son of 
John (2) and Abigail (Pierson) Davenport, 
was born in Boston, February 22, 1668, and 
was baptized by his grandfather six days later. 
He was graduated at Harvard College, 1687, 
and began preaching in 1690. In 1691 he be- 
came assistant to Rev. Air. James, of East 
Hampton, Long Island. In 1692 was called 
to the Stamford church, Fairfield county, Con- 
necticut ; taught the Hopkin's grammar school 
in New Haven before going to Stamford, and 
was a member of the corporation of Yale Col- 
lege from 1707 until his death in 1731. He 
married (first), April 18, 1695, Martha, widow 
of John Selleck, formerly a Miss Gould, who 
bore him seven children ; she died December 
I, 171 2, and is buried at New Haven. He 
married (second) Mrs. Elizabeth Maltby, 
daughter of John Morris, by whom he had two 
children. Children by first wife: i. .Abigai'. 
married Rev. Stephen Williams, D. D., by 
whom she had eight children, three of whom 
became ministers. 2. John, married Sarah 
Bishop, and was one of the twenty-four orig- 
inal members of the Congregational church, of 
New Canaan, Connecticut. 3. Martha, married 
Rev. Thomas Goodsell. 4. Sarah, married Cap- 
tain William Maltby, and had a son. Rev. John 
Maltby, graduate of Yale and for several years 
pastor of a church in Bermuda, West Indies. 
5. Theodora, died young. 6. Deacon Deodate, 
married Lydia, daughter of Rev. John Wood- 
ward. 7. Elizabeth, married Rev. William 
Gaylord. 8. Abraham, of further mention. 9. 
Rev. James, graduate of Yale, and a most won 
derful preacher and revivalist. 

(IV) Abraham, son of Rev. John (3) and 
his first wife, Martha (Gould-Selleck ) Daven- 
port, was born 1715, and was graduated at 
Yale College, 1732, and became one of the 
most prominent and best known men in th.e 
state. He represented Stamford in the state 
legislature for twenty-five sessions, and at sev- 
eral times was clerk of the house. He was 
state senator from 1766 to 1784, judge of nro- 
bate several years, and judge of the county 
court, and was equally active in the Congrega- 
tional church, holding the office of deacon, 
1759-89. In 1776 he, his son John and Tha 1- 
deus Burr were sent to the army under Wash- 
ington, to assist in "arranging it into companies 
and regiments," and to commission the ofiicers 
appointed by the assembly for the battalions 
raised by the state. He was also empowered 
to arrest and bring to trial persons suspected 

of irresolution or disloyalty. "In 1777 he was 
one of the Committee of Safety for the state 
and was always consulted by Governor Trum- 
bull and General Washington, as one of tht 
wisest counselors in our most trying days." 
An instance in his career was pleasingly ren 
dcred into verse by John G. Whittier and 
alludes to the "Dark Day" in Connecticut. The 
legislature was in session at Hartford and it 
was the general opinion that the day of judg- 
ment was at hand. The house being unable 
to see to transact business adjourned. A pro- 
posal to adjourn the council was under con- 
sideration, when the opinion of Colonel Dav- 
enport was asked, he said, "I am against an 
adjournment. The day of judgment is either 
approaching, or it is not. If it is not here, 
there is no cause for adjournment. If it is I 
choose to be found doing my duty. I wish 
therefore that candles be brought." He held 
his last court at Danbury, where he heard a 
considerable part of a trial; gave the charge 
to the jury, then retired from the bench and 
was soon after found dead in his bed, Novem- 
ber 20, 1789, aged seventy-four years. He 
held the title of A. B. from Yale ; deacon from 
the church ; colonel from the state and honor- 
able from his long public service. He was best 
known as Colonel Davenport and greatly be- 
loved, especially by the young. He married 
(first), at Windham, Connecticut, November 
16, 1750, Elizabeth Huntington, whose mother 
was a daughter of Rev. Timothy Edwards and 
the sister of President Jonathan Edwards ; she 
died December 17, 1773; he married (second). 
.\ugust 8, 1776, a widow, -Mrs. Martha Fitch. 
Child by first wife : John, of further mention. 
(V) John (4), son of Colonel Abraham and 
Elizabeth ( Huntington ) Davenport, was born 
in Stamford, Connecticut, January 16, 1752; 
graduate of Yale College, 1770, where he was 
appointed tutor in 1773. He was major of 
militia during the revolution. In 1799 he was 
elected to congress, to fill the vacancy caused 
by the death of his brother, Hon. James Dav- 
enport. Here he was continued for eighteen 
years. He served on important committees, 
but was more known as a worker than as a de- 
bater. He declined reelection in 181 7, and 
spent the remainder of his life at his country 
home in Stamford, where he had the honor to 
welcome and entertain General Lafayette, He 
was a lawyer by profession ; deacon of the 
Congregational church : a benevolent, active 
and exemplary Christian; died November 28, 



1830: he married. May 7. 1780, Alary Syl- 
vester, daughter of Rev. Noah Wells, D. D. 
Children: i. Elizabeth Huntington, born March 
4, 1781 ; married Judge Peter W. Radcliffe, of 
Brooklyn. 2. John Alfred, graduate of Yale 
College, and for fifty years was a well-known 
prosperous merchant of New York City; mar- 
ried, in 1806, Eliza Maria, daughter of Dr. 
William Wheeler, of Red Hook, New York. 

3. Mary Wells, born September 12. 1785: 
married James Boorman, of New York, No- 
vember 10, 1810. Tie was a member of the 
firm of Boorman, Johnson & Company, a lead- 
ing firm of New York City: ])resident of the 
Hudson River Railroad Comjiany : founder of 
the P.ank of Commerce, and one of the orig- 
inal members of the Chamber of Commerce. 

4. Theodosia, died aged twenty-one years. 5. 
Deacon Theodore, born January 26, 1792, re- 
sided for sixty years in the mansion erected 
bv his father, in 1807, on Main street, Stam- 
ford; active member of the Congregational 
church and deacon ; married, May 9, 1833, 
Harriet Grant Chesebrough, of New York. 6. 
Rebecca Ann, died aged twenty-two years. 7. 
Matilda, born in Stamford, April 17, 1798; 
married Rev. Peter Lockwood ( see Lockwood 

This is a very old family 
HASBROCCK in southern New York and 

was founded by Abraham 
and Jean Hasbrouck. brothers, who were among 
the original patentees of New Paltz, Ulster 
county, and were active in both civil and 
ecclesiastical afifairs of that section. Both left 
a large progeny and their descendants have to 
some extent intermarried. Prom L'lster the 
family spread to Orange, Dutchess and other 
counties in the vicinity, and is now very numer- 
ously represented throughout the region. The 
family was conspicuous in the settlement and 
development of St. Lawrence county, and of 
various sections of Central New York. Abra- 
ham and Jean Hasbrouck were born in Calais, 
France, of which town their father was also 
a native. The latter with his two sons, above 
named, and a daughter, who was the wife of 
Pierre Ilayaar, was driven out of France by 
the persecutions of the Huguenots, and re- 
moved to Mannheim, Germany, in the lower 
palatinate, and there they resided several years, 
being higiily respected and affiliating with the 
local churches. Numerous other families were 
similarly situated and a considerable group 

migrated to the new world in the latter part 
of the seventeenth century, settling in CIster 
county, New York. Jean, with his wife, Anna 
Duyon (Deyo) Hasbrouck, removed in 1673 
from Germany and settled at Esopus, New 

( 1 ) .\braham Hasbrouck removed from 
Mannheim to Holland, whence he sailed in 
April, 1675. landing at Boston, Massachusetts, 
thence he proceeded direct to New York, and, 
in July, arrived at Esopus, where he found his 
brother and many old former Europeon friends. 
In 1677 a group of these including the Has- 
brouck brothers obtained a patent from Gov- 
ernor Andros to a large tract south of Kings- 
ton, where they settled and named the place 
New Paltz. Here they formed what was 
known as the Walloon Protestant Church after 
the name and discipline of the church at 
( ieneva. a Calvinistic organization. For about 
half a century until after the death of the Has- 
brouck brothers the services of this church 
were conducted in the French language, after 
which it was changed to the Dutch language. 
.Abraham Hasbrouck was a member of the 
provincial assembly, and was major of the 
Lister county regiment of militia. He died at 
New Paltz, Alarch 17, 1717. He married, No- 
vember 17, i'')75, at Hurley, Marie, daughter 
of Christian Deyo, whom he had known in 
Euroije. and who came to this country on the 
same vessel with him. She was probably a 
sister of his brother's wife. Children: Rachel, 
baptized May 12, 1680, in New York; Anna, 
baptized October 9, 1682, in Kingston, died 
young; Joseph, baptized October 23, 1684, in 
New Paltz; Solomon, October 17, i68fi ; Jonas, 
October 14, 1691 ; Benjamin, mentioned below. 
Some others died in infancy. 

( II ) Benjamin, youngest surviving child of 
Abraham and Marie ( Deyo) Hasbrouck, was 
baptized May 31, 1696, in New Paltz. and was 
one of the original grantees of the Rumbout 
Patent, in what is now Dutchess county. About 
1720 he settled near Hopewell, in the present 
town of Fishkill, where he married, February 
13, 1737, Jannetje De Long (sometimes writ- 
ten De Lange). Children: Daniel; Benjamin; 
John ; Jacob ; Mary, married John Halstead ; 
Heiltje, married Dr. Nathaniel House ; Francis. 

(Ill) Daniel, eldest child of Benjamin and 
Jannetje ( De Long) Hasbrouck, was born 
about 1738, in Fishkill, and there resided on 
the paternal homestead. He married Diana 
\*an \'!ecken and their familv included : Tunis, 


NE^^■ YORK. 

died in infancy. 2. Benjamin, born Septem- 
ber 7, 1703; married (first) Elizabeth Parker, 
(second) Margaret Stedman, four children. 3. 
Mary, born October 23, 1705; married her 
cousin Henry, son of Thomas Cheney, seven 
children. 4. Hannah, twin of Mary, married 
Cai)tain Zachariah Goodale, eight children. 5. 
Colonel Thomas, born about 1708, served in 
the French and Indian war, in the Eighth 
Massachusetts Regiment ; commissioned captain 
at Louisburg, June 20, 1745, by Governor Shir- 
ley; colonel of militia; representative to the 
provincial congress, 1774 and 1773 : large land 
owner and wealthy business man. He married 
his second cousin Sarah, daughter of John and 
Sarah ( Squires ) Fessenden. 6. Joseph, born 
November 2, 1709; married Elizabeth Tucker; 
four children. 7. Ebenezer, died at age of 
twenty years. 8. Ruth, born about 1713; mar- 
ried Elias Mason ; three children. 9. John, 
born about 1716; married Martha Fessenden. 
10. William, of further mention. 11. A daugh- 
ter, died young. 

( I\' ) William ( 2 ), son of Benjamin and his 
second wife, Mary (Herbert) Cheney, was 
born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about 1718. 
He joined the Ashford church. May 16, 1742; 
bought land there in 1746, a part of which he 
later sold to his brother, Colonel Thomas 
Cheney. He was a farmer and figures in sev- 
eral land transactions. Six of his children 
were living at the death of the colonel and 
inherited shares in his estate. He enlisted in 
Fifth Company, Third Regiment, Colonel Isaac 
Putnam, ^Iay i, 1775, and was killed June 17, 
1775, at the battle of Bunker Hill. His name 
is on the bronze tablet in the park at Charles- 
town, Massachusetts. He married (first), in 
.\shford, Connecticut, March 14. 1739, Ruth, 
born April 23, 1722, died October 16, 1756, 
daughter of Philip Eastman. He married (sec- 
ond), February i, 1757, Mehitabel Chubb. 
Children: i. Ebenezer, born May 23. 1740; 
married Priscilla, daughter of Seth and Abi- 
gail Lyon, eight children. 2. Thomas, born 
July I. 1742. 3. Benjamin, of further men- 
tion. 4. William, born April 17, 1747. 5. 
John, died young. 6. Joseph, died young. 7. 
Elizabeth, born September 6, 1752; married 
John Babyno. 8. John, died young. 9. Jo- 
seph, baptized February 23. 1759. 10. A daugh- 
ter, twin of Joseph. 11. John, son by adoption, 
baptized October 12, 1760. 

(V) Benjamin (2), son of William (2) 
and his first wife. Ruth (Eastman) Cheney, 

was born June 10, baptized June 27, 1744, in 
Ashford, Massachusetts, where he continued 
to reside. He married, May 30, 1765, Abigail, 
born May 5, 1745, died September 21, 1790. 
daughter of John Parry. Children: i. Mehit- 
abel, born September 26, 1766. 2. Huldah, 
September 9, 1767. 3. Thomas, June 24, 1769. 
4. Daniel, of further mention. 5. Abiel, born 
August 10, 1773, removed to Littleton, Ver- 
mont: married Irene Munson. 6. Elizabeth, 
August 2"], 1775. 7. Benjamin, September 12, 
1777. 8. Nabbey, born May 17, 1779. 9. John, 
August 17, 1781. 10. Hannah, November 19, 
1783. II. William, Februarv 17, 1785. 12. 
Ruth, July 31, 1788. 

( \T ) Daniel, son of Benjamin ( 2 ) and .Abi- 
gail (Parry) Cheney, was born in .Ashford, 
Connecticut, June 9, 1771, died in the town 
of Olean, New York, January 23, 1837. At 
an early day he removed from Connecticut to 
Essex county. New York, where he remained 
but a short time, later settling in the town of 
Olean, Cattaraugus county, where he was high- 
ly respected for his honest and kind heart. He 
married Irene Ashford, who died November 
4, 1842, aged sixty-eight years and five months. 
Children: i. Sally, married a Mr. White. 2. 
Eunice, married a Mr. Randall. 3. Rachel. 
4. Welles, born April 6, i8o5, a farmer of 
Delevan, New York ; married Deborah R. 
Hawkins, and had Munson. Nancy L. and 
Mehitabel. 3. Mehitabel. 6. John, of further 
mention. 7. Lyman. 8. Eletheer. 9. Walter. 

(\ II ) John, son of Daniel and Irene (Ash- 
ford) Cheney, was born in Olean, Cattaraugus 
county. New York, June 6, 18 13, died in York- 
shire, same county, August 20, 1881. He spent 
his whole life in Cattaraugus county, except a 
few years passed in the present town of (Gar- 
field, Pennsylvania, where he was engaged in 
operating a sawmill. He was a successful 
farmer and by energy and thrift secured a 
competence. He was a man of upright. Chris- 
tian life and character, honored and respected 
wherever known. He was active in the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, and held several im- 
portant town offices. In political preference 
lie was a Republican. He married, in Penn- 
sylvania, September 20, 1840, Sarah A., daugh- 
ter of Leonard and Mary Hodges, of \\'arren, 
Pennsylvania. Children: i. Clark Abial, born 
April 30, 1842, in Yorkshire. New York, own- 
ed and operated the Truman Coal Farm, in 
Yorkshire ; married, August, 1863, Jeannette, 
daughter of \\'illiani and Laura ( Davis) Lang- 


/ .■> 

made, of Yorkshire: children: Sarah Belle, 
born August 24, 1867 : Georgia Anna, August 
26, 1873; Fred Mason, born February 6, 1876: 
Myrna, born October 11, 1883. 2. Walter 
W'ilmot, born in Warren county, Pennsylvania, 
July 6, 1844, was extensively engaged in oil 
production in the oil fields of Pennsylvania 
and Western New York, with residence at 
Delevan, New York; married, March 10, 1873, 
Louise, daughter of Henry Strong, of Sar- 
dinia, New York ; child, RIabel Strong, born 
January 8, 1879. 3. Eunice Irene, born March 
24, 1846: married, December 31, 1866, Henry 
L. Crooker, of Arcade : children : Charles Fran- 
cis, born April 16, 1872: John Cheney, born 
December 26, 1874: Walter Elgene, born De- 
cember 16, 1878. 4. Francis John, of further 
mention. 5, George Hamline, born March 7, 
1850; educated in the public schools, Arcade 
Academy and Griffith Institute, Springfield, 
New York, and Ten Broeck Free Academy, at 
Franklinville. He taught in the public schools 
several years ; was principal of the I'nion 
School, at Hinsdale, New York, and was pro- 
fessor of mathematics in Northern New York 
Conference Seminary, at Antwerp, New York. 
He prepared for the ministry, and, in 1873-75, 
was pastor of the EUicottville (New York) 
circuit. In the fall of 1875 he entered Boston 
Cniversity School of Theology, being grad- 
uated therefrom in 1879. He joined the New 
England Conference of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, in 1878, on probation, being ad- 
initted to full connection in 1880; was ordain- 
ed deacon by Bishop Foster, at Lynn, Massa- 
chusetts. April 8, 1877 ; ordained elder by 
Bishop Peck, in Worcester. Massachusetts, 
April 10, 188 1. He has filled important pul- 
pits in Massachusetts, and is an eloquent, suc- 
cessful minister of the gospel. He married Elea- 
nor Robinson, of Somerville. Massachusetts : 
children: Emily M.. born May 14. 1882; David 
McGregor. December 12, 1884: Sarah R.. June 
30. 1887; Eleanor R.. June 11. 1893. 6. Charles 
Summer, died aged five years. 7. Lyman 
Josiah. born October 11. i860, was successively 
druggist and dry goods merchant in Delevan. 
New York. In 1892 he was appointed clerk 
in the L'nited States railway postal service : 
prominent in local politics and a supporter of 
the Republican party. He married, in .\rcade, 
Wyoming county. New York, March 8. 1882. 
Florence N.. daughter of Charles and Ravilla 
Cagwin : children : Lloyd Lyman, born April 
23. 1884: Clifford Carleton. June 17. 1887. 

(\T11) Francis John, son uf John and 
Sarah A. ( Hodges ) Cheney, was born in War- 
ren. Pennsylvania. June 5, 1848. His parents 
removed to Cattaraugus county. New York,, 
when he was six years of age. and his early 
education was obtained in the district schools 
during the winter months, his summers being 
spent in assisting his father in farming opera- 
tions. He remained on the farm until he was 
twenty years of age, working and studying. 
In this way and by a few terms at Arcade 
Academy he prepared for college. In i8(-)8 he 
entered Genesee College, and was graduated 
A. B.. class of 1872, at head of his class, the 
first class graduated after the college was 
merged with Syracuse University. Immedi- 
ately after graduation he entered upon the pro- 
fession of teaching, a line of activity he has 
ever since continued with honor and success. 
His fame as an educator is more than state- 
wide, but the institutions he has served are the 
best witnesses to his ability. In the spring of 
1872 (even before graduation) he was elected 
to the chair of mathematics in the Northern 
New York Conference Seminary, at .\ntwerp 
(Ives .Seminary I. where he remained two 
years, resigning to accept a call to the principal- 
ship of Dryden (New York) Union School. 
Here he remained seven years, finishing a 
course of legal study, and, in 1880, was ail- 
mitted to the bar. He had ilecided to settle 
in the west and devote his after life to the 
jiractice of law, all necessary arrangements 
Iiaving been made. While still at the head of 
Dryden Union School he received such a flat- 
tering offer from the Kingston (New York) 
board of education, to become principal of 
Kingston Free Academy, that his western plans 
were abaniloned and the offer accepted. He 
remained at Kingston ten years at the head of 
the Academy, raising the standard of the school 
and wonderfully increasing its etificiency. These 
years had thoroughly established his standing 
as an educator, and his services were frequent- 
ly sought by other cities and institutions. Syra- 
cuse L'niversitv offered him the chair of Eng- 
lish and Belles Lettres : Olean. New York, 
elected him city superintendent of schools, 
which he did not accept because the Kingston 
board of education did not want to release him. 
In i8t)o he was a candidate for the principal- 
ship of the State Normal School, at Greeley. 
Colorado. Having been appointed inspector 
of high schools and academies of New York, 
by the board of regents, he withdrew his ap- 



plication, however, although it was so favor- 
able considered that, it is said, he would prob- 
ably have been appointed, had he not with- 
drawn it. This necessitated severing his con- 
nection with Kingston Free Academy, although 
the board of eilucation offered a substantial 
increase in salary and such an increase in 
teaching force as to leave him little actual 
teaching, but his decision was made in favor 
of the inspectorsliip. The "School Bulletin" 
said regarding his appointment : "The lioard 
of Regents are to be congratulated for the 
good sense shown in the selection of such a 
man for the place." The Kingston papers 
spoke of his departure with regret, one saying : 
"He is one of the men who is vastly broader 
than his profession. He is fully abreast of the 
times not only as an educator but as a man of 
affairs." He only held the inspectijrship one 
year, resigning to accept the appointment of 
the State Normal and Training School, at Cort- 
land, New York. He began his duties there 
with the opening of the fall term, 1891, and 
now, twenty years later (1911), he is still the 
honored head of the institution. These have 
been years of improvement and progress for 
the school, years also broadening and strength- 
ening the man. The school has doubled in 
size, buildings, apparatus, and teaching staff 
keeping pace. Mr. Cheney out of his wide ex- 
perience is a most able instructor of instructors 
and much in demand for lectures and addresses 
before educational associations and other soci- 
eties. In i8go-Qi he was president of the 
Associated Academic Principals, of the state 
of New York, and holds membership in the 
state and national educational associations. In 
1885 he made a tour of Great Britain and 
Europe, visiting the principal countries and 
cities, gathering information of special value 
to him in his profession. In 1888, after an 
examination at the School of American His- 
tory, Syracuse I'niversity conferred on him the 
degrees of .\. M. and PIi. D. In i8(/) he was lay 
delegate to the general conference of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, being sent from Cen- 
tral New York. He is a member of the Ma- 
sonic Order, belonging to Cortlandville Lodge. 
Dr. Cheney married (first), July 30, 1873, 
Lydia Henrietta, died March 21, 1896, daugh- 
ter of Buel G. and Lucy (Thornton) Smith, 
of Delevan, New York. Child, Genevieve 
(ado])ted), born May q, 1885. He married 
(second), July 20, 1898, Clara Jane, daugh- 
ter of John J. and Margaret (Livingston) Rob- 

inson, of Fort Edward. Child, Clara Frances, 
born January 20, 1900. 

The Keators of Cortland. New 

KEATOR York, trace from Holland an- 
cestry. The name is an uncom- 
mon one in early days and the present form 
is evidently an anglicized form of a Dutch 
name. It is impossible to trace definitely be- 
yond John Keator, of Ulster county. New 
York, who was ambushed and slain by Indians 
with another of his family. In 1676 John 
Keator made a purchase of land in the town 
of Marbletown, Ulster county, New York. 
This was no doubt the emigrant from Holland, 
and founder of the Ulster county family of 
Keator. The name is met with in the Leister 
records and the family seem to have borne 
well their part in the development of the coun- 
try. Among the founders and subscribers to 
the fund for erecting the first house of worship 
for the Reformed Protestant Dutch church, at 
Marbletow^n (where the Keators seemed to 
have centered), is found the names of Au- 
gustinus, Johannes. Melgert and Jacob Keator. 
This church was organized in 1737, and a 
church built in 1743. Among the signers in 
the Troop of Horse in Ulster, at Kingston, 
June 9, 1775, from the town of Marbletown, 
the name of Johannes Keator is second. 

(HI) John Keator, of Marbletown, was 
born about 1700, and was probably a grand- 
son of the emigrant, John Keator, of whom 
nothing seems to be known after his land 
purchase in 1676. John (2) Keator was killed 
b)- Indians and there is no record of his family 
further than that his son John met his death 
at the same time. PTe was the signer to the 
enlistment rolls in 1735, his father being among 
the first members of the Dutch Church, at 
]\Iarbletown. who signed the subscription list 
in 1743, when the first building was erected. 
He is enrolled as a soldier of the Third Regi- 
ment I'lster County Militia (Land Bounty 
Rights). He was undoubtedly of the third 
generation in .America. 

( I\') John, son of John Keator, was of the 
town of Marbletown, P'lster county. New 
York, where he was born about the year 1730. 
Nothing. further can be told of him than that 
he was married and had at least a son Cor- 
nelius, and met his death at the hands of the 

( V ) Cornelius, son of John Keator, of 
Marbletown, was born in New York, in 17(13, 



(lied in Roxbury, Delaware cuunt\', about 
1856. He married Elizabeth Krom from near 
High Falls, Ulster county. After his marriage 
several years Cornelius removed to the town 
of Roxbury, Delaware county, New York, 
where descendants are yet seated. This was 
when that town was yet virgin forest, except- 
ing the first settler, Isaac Inman, 1788; a party 
of twenty families from Fairiield, Connecticut, 
1789. and the Scotch settlement of John Moore, 
on the headwaters of the Delaware river, now 
known as Grandgorge, then called "Moore's 

(\ Ij Joseph, son of Cornelius and Eliza- 
beth (Krom) Keator, was born in Marble- 
town, Ulster county, New York, about 1784. 
He was living at Kingston Creek, that county, 
in 1797, and from there went to Roxbury, Del- 
aware county, probably at the same time his 
father settled in that town. He was a farmer 
and general trailer; owning considerable prop- 
erty of various kinds. After an active life in 
Delaware county, he died about 1820. He 
married Polly Wight, who survived him until 
1852. Children : Thomas ; Harvey ; Chauncey ; 
Mary, married Noah Dimmick ; Hettie, mar- 
ried Levi ulead ; Rachel, married John T. 
Mead ; Betsey, married Jeremiah G. Baughton ; 
Debby, married Jonas Al. Sweet. 

(VH) Thomas, son of Joseph and Polly 
(Wight) Keator, was born in Roxbury, Dela- 
ware county, i\ew York, November 25, 1803, 
died in Cortland, New York, June 19, 1879. 
He was educated in the public schools and for' 
a time followed the occupation of a farmer, 
exchisively. Later he established a small mer- 
cantile business at what is now \'ega. not far 
from Roxbury. He continued farming and in 
merchandise until 1854, when he removed to 
Cortland, New York, where he became jiromi- 
nent. He purchased what is now known as 
the Wickwire farm and for a time was engaged 
in its operation. He later established himself 
in the mercantile business in the village of 
Cortland, continuing for two or three years. 
He was a man of great energy and unusual 
business capacity. In 1863 he effected the 
organization of the First National Bank, of 
Cortland, and was elected its first president, 
holding that important office until his death. 
He was president of the village corporation of 
Cortland and in many ways aided in the devel- 
opment of the village. In Delaware county he 
was a member of the Dutch Reformed church, 
but after coming to Cortland attended the 

Presbyterian church. He was broad-minded 
and liberal in all things, giving to every man 
his justice, and leaving behind him a reputa- 
tion for upright, generous dealing. His political 
creed was Whig, later Republican. He mar- 
ried (first) Sarah, born 1806, died May 8, 
1834, daugliter of Samuel Slaughson. He mar- 
ried (second) Betsey More, born 1812, died 
1891, daughter of Edwin and Charity (Mc- 
Ginnis) More, granddaughter of John and 
Betty (Taylor) More, the latter coming to 
the United States from Edinburg, Scotland, 
their native land. Children by first marriage : 
I. Samuel, of further mention. 2. Polly, mar- 
ried R. B. Smith. Children by second mar- 
riage : 3. Edward, died aged seven years. 4. 
Sarah, deceased. 5. Esther, married Oliver 
Porter, whom she survives, a resident of 
Homer X'illage, New York (1911). 6. Jane, 
married (first) William S. Newkirk; (second) 
Henry C. Rogers, and resides in Cortland. 7. 
Elizabeth, married Brainard N orris, who sur- 
vives her. 8. Joseph, died aged thirteen 
years. 9. Edward, now president of the First 
National Bank, of Cortland ; married Hattie 
L. Jones, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania ; chil- 
dren : Thomas, born November 12, 1890 ; Oliver 
Porter, November 9, 1892; Martin Derby, July 
14, 1899. 10. Mary, marrieil William 1". Chad- 

(\'II) Samuel, eldest son and child of 
Thomas and his first wife Sarah (Sally) 
( Slaughson ) Keator, was born in Roxbury,. 
Delaware county, New York, August 26, 1826. 
He was educated in the public schools ; work- 
ed with his father in the Roxbury store and on 
reaching the age of twenty-one years was ad 
mitted to a partnership. He remained in busi- 
ness at Ro.xbury two years after his father's 
removal to Cortland, then disposed of his en- 
tire interests and removed to Broome county,. 
New York, where he took charge of a tannery, 
forming a partnership with his father. He 
continued there nine years, until 1865, when he 
removed to Cortland, New York, which has 
since been his continuous residence. He had 
large farming interests and dealt extensively 
in live stock for many years. Upon the death 
of Thoiuas Keator, in 1879, he succeetied to 
the presidency of the First National Bank, of 
Cortland, holding that position for nine years, 
and is still a member of the board of directors. 
In 1903 Mr. Keator came into possession of 
the Cortland Foundry and Machine Shops., 
which he still owns and operates. He has led. 



an exceedingly busy, active life and the success 
that has attended his efforts has been fairly 
earned. He has worthily and capably filled 
every station in life to which he has been 
called, shirked no duty and faithfully executed 
every trust. He is a Republican in politics, 
and while in Delaware county was town col- 
lector. In religious faith he is a Presbyterian. 
He married, June 29, 1858. Annie S. Stewart, 
born in Scotland, died in Cortland in 1903. 
Children: i. Sarah, married Charles F. Brown, 
a leading merchant of Cortland, many times a 
member of the state legislature, where he is an 
important and useful legislator ; children : 
Florence and Thomas Keator. 2. Annie, mar- 
ried Frank J. Peck, of Cortland ; child, Susan. 
3. Clara, married Thomas F. Ward, whom she 
survives : children : Thomas and Madeline. 

"Burke's Commoners," vol- 
WICKWIRE ume 4, states: "The family 
of Ware claims a descent 
from Roger de Ware, Lord of Isefield, and a 
Baron of Parliament in the reign of Edward 
I." The founder was Jordan Ue la War, of 
Wick, Gloucestershire, England, whose de- 
scendants enjoyed extensive grants of land in 
the southern, middle and western counties of 
England, for bravery in various wars, partic- 
ularly on the fields of Cressy and Poictiers. 
In early records the name is spelled : War, 
Ware, Warr, Warre and Weare. Arms : "Gules, 
a lion rampart between eight crosslets, argent." 
Crest : "Out of a ducal coronet or, a griffith's 
head azure." During the century following the 
grant of the Manor of Wick to John La Warre 
( 1207) the Manor gradually acquired the name 
of Wyke- Warre. In 1290 the parish of Wick- 
war was established. The advowson of the 
church belonged to the Warre family, passing 
from them after the death of Thomas. Lord 
de la Warre, governor of \'irginia, when the 
Manor of Wickwar was sold to Sir Robert 
Ducie, and descended to his heirs. The town 
of Wickware or Wickwaire lies in the parish 
of the same name about twenty-six miles south 
from Gloucester on the best road from there 
to Bath. The town has the privilege of a 
weekly market and a yearly fair, granted by 
Edward I. Wickware as a surname was not in 
use until 1500 and probably first came from 
a branch of the family resiiling at or near the 
Manor of Wick, or Wickwarre, and assumed 
that name to distinguish themselves from the 
main l)ranch, which after a few generations had 

their principal seat in Sussex county. In the 
earliest entries, the name is spelled Wyckwarre, 
Wyckwarr, \\'yckware, Wickwarre, Wickwarr, 
and Wickware. There are many entries of the 
name prior to the year 1700 in various parishes 
but none are found that give a John Wickwarr, 
whose age corresponds with the supposed age 
of John of New London except one. John 
\A'ickware baptized May 18, 1656, son of John 
Wickwarr, of Wotton-Under-Edge, in Glou- 
cestershire. His father died when he was less 
than a year old and this lack of a paternal care 
may have been a factor in his determination 
to seek his fortune in the new world. The fam- 
ily is said to be almost extinct in England and 
the name is not a common one in the United 

( I ) John \\'ickware (Wickwire), the ances- 
tor of the American family uf Wickware and 
Wickwire, settled at New London, Connecti- 
cut, in 1675. He is supposed to have been the 
son of John and Mary Wickware, of Wotton- 
Under-Edge, England, baptized May 18, 1656, 
died in March or April, 1712. He was a soldier 
io King Philip's war and was engaged in the 
Great Swamp fight, December 19, 1675, when 
the power of the Narragansetts was broken. 
For his service in this war, he afterwards re- 
ceived from the general court a grant of one 
hundred and forty acres of land in Voluntown. 
His name appears on the list of residents in 
New London, in 1676; he settled in the north 
parish of New London, now known as Mont- 
ville. He was one of the seventy-seven paten- 
tees of New London named in the patent grant- 
ed by Governor Winthrop, October 14, 1704. 
By deed, datetl June 30, 1798, he and Mary, 
his wife, granted to Rene Grigon, the tract of 
land in Voluntown, received for his service in 
the Indian war. At the time of his death he 
owned several tracts of land besides his home- 
stead and was considered a man of wealth for 
those times. The use of the word "Mr." be- 
fore his name in the clerk's certificate indicates 
the social position as it was only applied to 
men of social rank. He married, November 6, 
1676, Mary, daughter of George and Margery 
Tonge. George Tonge was an early settler in 
New London, and, in 1656, the general town 
meeting chose him to keep an inn for five 
years. In those times only trustworthy citi- 
zens were accorded this privilege. In the same 
year he purchased a house and lot on the 
Thames river, "and here he opened the house 
of entertainment which he kept during his life 



and which being continued by his family, was 
the most noted inn of the town for sixty 
years." Children of John and Mary (Tonge) 
Wickware : i. George, born October 4, 1677. 
2. Christopher, of further mention. 3. John, 
born December 2, 1685. 4. EHzabeth, born 
March 23, 1688-89 '< married, at New London, 
.September 9, 1708, Jonas Hamilton, born about 
1678, son of David Hamilton, a Scotchman of 
Berwick, Maine, who was killed by the In- 
dians, September 28, 1691. He and his wife 
were baptized at New London, June 25, 1710. 
He joined the church at New London, October 
8, 1738. In 1748 Jonas Hamilton was described 
in a petition to the general court as a member 
of the church in the parish of New Salem. 
Children : Jonathan, Solomon, Mary, Eliza- 
beth, James, Lucretia, Daniel, Ann. 5. Jona- 
than, born February 19, 1690-91. 6. Peter, 
born March 12, 1694. 7. Ann, born Septem- 
ber 25, 1697 ; married, October 14, 1714, James 
Brown, of Colchester, who was probably son 
of James and Remembrance (Brooks) Brown, 
of Colchester. She was baptized with her 
daughter Ann, by Rev. James Hillhouse, Octo- 
ber 28, 1722. Children: James, Ann, Jonathan. 
(II) Christopher Wickwire, second son of 
John and Mary ( Tonge ) Wickware, was born 
January 8, 1679-80, in the North Parish of 
New London, now Montville. On January 16, 
1716-17, he conveyed to Lieutenant-Colonel 
John Livingston a tract of land at New Lon- 
don, the deed was acknowledged at Norwich. 
One of the points described in the deed is "a 
cellar that John Wickwire built." In 1734 he 
removed to Lyme. On June 5, 1739, Christo- 
pher Wickwire, "of New London, now a resi- 
dent in Lyme," conveyed to Peter Wickwire, 
his farm in the North Parish, near Stony 
Brook. He married, in New London, Eliza- 
beth . Children: i, Ichabod, of further 

mention. 2. .Solomon, born about 171 5. "The 
Colonial Records of Connecticut," volume 9, 
page 371, show that in May. 174S. a memorial 
was presented to the legislature of Connecti- 
cut by Solomon Wickwire and twenty-two 
others, members of the church and inhabitants 
of the society or parish of New Salem, "lying 
partly in Colchester in the county of Hartford 
and partly in Lyme in the county of New 
Haven," praying they might be authorized to 
call a minister and levy a ta.x for the support 
of the' church. He was a soldier in the French 
and Indian war, serving in Captain Edmund 
Well's Hebron company, in 1756. 3. Nathan. 

4. Elizabeth, married Joshua Parker, of New 
London. 5. Ann, married a Mr. Chapman, 
who died before 1747. 6. Mary, married Na- 
thaniel Avery, of Lyme, born January 30, 
1702, son of Samuel and Susannah ( Palmes) 
Avery, and grandson of Captain James Avery. 
One child, Mary, baptized May 24, 1729. 7. 
James, born 1725, died October 2^, 1726. 8. 
Zebediah, baptized March 22, 1729-30. 9. 

( III ) Ichabod, son of Christopher and Eliz- 
abeth Wickwire, was born about 1713, died 
al)out 1763-64. On October 16, 1764, his son 
"Samuel Wickwire was allowed to be guardian 
to Oliver Wickwire, bonds given, etc." Oliver 
was then about nineteen years of age, and it is 
])robable that the appointment was necessary 
:ii order that the father's estate might be set- 
tled. About 1770 the widow and children re- 
moved to Cornwall. Ichabod is said to have 
served in the French and Indian war and to 
have participated under General Wolfe in the 
campaign against Quebec. He married, at 
New London, March 19. 1736, Deborah, daugh- 
ter of Jonathan Fairbanks,«the ancestor of the 
American family, who came from Yorkshire, 
England, to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1633. He 
had a son Jonathan who was a soldier in King 
Philip's war, serving in the Mount Hope and 
several other campaigns. Children of Ichabod 
and Deborah (Fairbanks) Wickwire: i. Sam- 
uel, liorn 1738; married Jane Brown. 2. Elisal, 
born 1740: married John Gilbert. He was a 
soldier ( with James Wickwire and John Grant ) 
in Captain .Stephen Hosmer's New Salem com- 
[lany. in the French and Indian war in 1755. 
3. Oliver, of further mention. 4. Ichabtid, born 
1746: married (first) Widow Huntley, mar- 
ried (second) Submit Ford, February 27, 1794. 

(I\') Oliver, son of Ichabod and Deborah 
( Fairbanks) Wickwire, was born in 1745, died 
August 17, 1829. Gold's "History of Corn- 
wall" says : "Oliver Wickwire came from New 
London county before the time of the Revolu- 
tion. He settled in the old road long since dis- 
continued, running northeast from near Ches- 
ter Wickwire's. His nearest neighbor in the 
south was James Douglas." The house of 
C)i'ver Wickwire was situate 1 on Cream Hill, 
in the northern part <.)f Cornwall. His son, 
Newton C. stated, in 1901, that Oliver served 
in the war of 1812. He married (first) Lois 
r>eckvvith. born 1752, died January 28, 1813. 
.She and her husband were both buried at 
Ljmc Rock. He married (second) Widow 



Mary Gibbs Havvley- Children by first mar- 
riage: I. Esther, born 1773, at Lyme; married 
Lumaii Howe ; children : Alvah and Lucretia. 
2. Joseph, born 1775, at Cornwall ; died Janu- 
ary 18. 1813. 3. Joshua, born 1781. 4. Daniel, 
of further mention. 5. Richard. 6. Ransom. 
7. Lois, married James Robb. of Salisbury. 
Connecticut; they had several children. 8. 
Lucretia. born June 4. 1789; married Calvin 
Butler, and had ten children. 9. Julia D., mar- 
ried James E. Kellogg. 10. Mary, married 
Paul Price, born 1782, son of Sergeant Paul 
and Sarah (Berry) (Viall) Price, of Goshen, 
and had four children. Children by second 
marriage: 11. Clarissa, married Lucius Foote, 
born June 22, 1815, son of Colonel Samuel 
and Lucy (Lord) Foote. 12. Newton C, born 
August 20, 1818. 13. Jeannette, born 1825: 
married Charles Page, of Aurora, Illinois. 

( V) Daniel, son of Oliver and Lois (Beck- 
with ) Wickwire, was born in 1782, died in 
1870. In April, 1825, he was appointed a 
member of a committee to build a meeting- 
house for the society of North Cornwall. He 
was the owner of a large farm of over a thou- 
sand acres in Cream Hill. He married, at 
Cornwall, December 30, 1803, Mary Scoville. 
Children: i. Irene, born January 12, 1806; 
married Lewis Dean, and died March 3, 1824. 
at birth of twins, who died when two years 
old. 2. Chester, born May 29, 1810. 3. Ray- 
mond, of further mention. 4. Mary, born De- 
cember 28, 1817, died July 30, 1850; married 
Joseph Kinney, of Cortland, New \'ork ; chil- 
dren : .-Kmelia, married Daniel Smith, after her 
death he married Sarah Jane Wickwire ; Helen, 
died unmarried ; Edgar, deceased. 

(VI) Raymond, son of Daniel and Mary 
(Scoville) Wickwire, was born January 28, 
1816. died at Cortland, New York, September 
4, 1866. He married, at McGrawville, New 
York, February 2/, 1840, Elmira, daughter of 
Homer B. Greenman, born at Stephcntown, 
New York, son of Benjamin Greenman, born 
at Block Island. Rhode Island. Homer B. 
Greenman married Rachel, daughter of David 
Waterbury, born at Nassau. New York. Ray- 
mond Wickwire resided at Cortland. New York. 
Children: i. Mary Celcstia. born February 13, 
1841 : married, September 18. 1861, Edward 
Stilson, born July i, 1839, died October 23, 
1868, son of Ansyl Ford and Susan (Dewey) 
Stilson; children i. Arthur Ford, born Decem- 
ber 9, 1864. married, January 22. 1890, Carrie 
Louise, daughter of Henry F. and Carrie (Put- 

nam ) Benton. Mrs. Stilson is an active member 
of the Daughters of the American Revolution; 
children: a. Raymond Putnam, born October ii, 
1892, died December 11, 1893; b. Chester Ben- 
ton, born January 16, 1896; ii. Edward, born 
March 9, 1867, married, March 4, 1891, Mar- 
tha, daughter of Frank \\\ Collins; children: 
a. Georgia Jennette, born July 22, 1892; b. 
Mary Wickwire, born July 13, 1894; c. Laura 
Ford, born November 15, 1895; d. Edward, 
born November 18, 1899. 2. Chester Franklin, 
of further mention. 3. Chauncey John, born 
May 22, 1845, died October 14, 1872, unmar- 
ried. 4. Ella Adelia. born January 13. 1849; 
married, August 19, 1868, Charles W. Sanders, 
M. D., of New York City, son of Charles W. 
Sanders, the author of "Sander's Series of 
School Books." He graduated from Columbia 
College, and from the College of Physicians 
and Surgeons in 1878; children: i. Grace Eliz- 
abeth, born August 18. 1870, graduated at 
\'assar in 1890; married John Hicks Macy (2), 
November 7, 1894; he died in 1903; children: 

a. John Hicks (3), born .September 22, 1895; 

b. Grace Elinor, born August 31, 1897; ii. 
Mary Noxon, born November 6, 1876, gradu- 
ated at \'assar in 1896, class president ; mar- 
ried William Henry Hays, October 19, 1898: 
he graduated at Columbia in 1896; he is a 
member of the L^niversity Club; children: a. 
Ethel Sanders, born June 12, 1901 ; b. Will- 
iam Henry (2), born May 3, 1903; c. Grace, 
born March I, 1907; iii. Ethel Blanche, born 
February 28, 1879, graduated at Miss Brown's 
school in 1897; married William Stocking 
Gould, April 20, 1898; children: a. ?Ie!en 
Sanders, born June 18, 1900; b. William Stock- 
ing (2), born Septetpber 12, 1903; c. Marian 
Ethel, born January 18. 1906. 5. Theodore 
H., of further mention. 

(VII) Chester Franklin Wickwire, son of 
Raymond \Vickwire, was born on the home- 
stead on the hill south of McCjrawville, May 
31, 1843, ^T^l '"IS attended the public schools 
o* Cortlandville. In 1865 he came to Cort- 
land village and started a grocery store in 
the north part of the Riley building on the 
west side of Main street, at what is now 16 
Main street. For forty-five years he continued 
in active and successful business there. He 
died Septemljer 14, 1910, and he was active 
until a few days before his death. After about 
a year, however, he sold his grocery stock and 
continued in the hardware business in the same 
store, under the firm name of C. F. Wickwire 

I Xj'^ir^^r.iiLi 




& Company, his father being in partnership. 
When his father died about a year later, his 
younger brother, Chauiicey J., succeeded to his 
interests. Chauncey J. died October 14, 1872, 
and was succeeded in the firm by the youngest 
brother, Theodore H. Wickwire, the name 
being changed then to Wickwire Brothers, and 
thus it lias continued since. The firm bought 
the Rose building on the opposite side of Main 
street. It was destroyed by fire in February, 
1884, after which the present four-story brick 
Wickwire building was erected. The store 
has been located in this building since its erec- 
tion. In 1873 an old loom came into the pos- 
session of the firm in the way of trade, and 
Chester F. Wickwire, who was gifted with 
inventive genius and mechanical skill, began to 
experiment with the loom in wire weaving and 
succeeded in making it operate perfectly. In 
1873, accordingly, the firm began with the old 
loom to manufacture wire screen and other 
wire goods in a small building at the rear of 
the store. More looms were added and the 
business grew rapidly. The factory was en- 
larged until it occupied all the available space 
within the square. In 1876 the hardware store 
was sold, and in, 1881, the firm began to draw 
fine wire for use in the business, erecting a 
large brick factory for the purpose on South 
Main street. In 1884 the wire weaving and 
wire goods departments were moved to this 
location. The business was incorporated in 
1892, under the same name, Wickwire Brothers, 
of which Chester F. Wickwire was president, 
and Theodore H. W'ickwire, treasurer. Other 
additions were made from time to time. A rod 
mill, an open-hearth steel plant and other de- 
partments were added. This industry became 
the most important in Cortland. The present 
plant occupies thirty-six acres of land, nearly 
covered with buildings. It is also known as 
the largest and best equipped factory for tlie 
manufacture of wire goods in this country. 
The machinery used in weaving, spooling, 
painting and finishing wire cloth was largely 
invented by Mr. Wickwire, and nearly all built 
for the concern. lie could operate all the 
machines and knew every detail of the manu- 
facture, and he used to spend much time in 
watching the machinery and making improve- 
ments in operations, to increase the efficiency 
or production. He was always respected and 
liked by his employees. He avoided labor 
troubles through his fairness and considerate- 


He was a clirector of the First National 
Bank for many years and previously had been 
director of other banks. He was interested 
keenly in public alYairs and gave his time free- 
Iv to public duties. He was appointed, June 
6, 1892, one of the five sewer commissioners in 
charge of constructing a sewer system for Cort- 
land, and, in iqoo, the same sewer board be- 
came' under the city charter the board of 
public works. The same men continued in 
office afterward and Mr. Wickwire's death 
brought the first change in a remarkably able 
and efficient commission. Mr. Wickwire was 
determined to have public work performed 
right, and he had peculiar opportunities to 
carry out his wishes and determination. The 
slag with which the streets are paved was 
given by Wickwire Brothers to the city, and 
even the cost of crushing and preparing this 
material for the roads was borne by Wickwire 
Brothers. For many years Mr. Wickwire was 
a trustee of the Presbyterian church. For all 
public charities and many private needs he has 
given freely. His greatest single gift was the 
handsome new hos|)ital, which was nearly com- 
pleted at the time of his death, and which he 
gave to the city and county. For many years 
he was on the board of trustees of the hospital 
and always gave liberally of his tiiue as well 
as his money for this institution. He took the 
greatest personal interest in superintending the 
erection of the building. He made various 
changes from time to time to improve the 
hospital, bearing cheerfully the added cost, and 
it is believed that the total value of the gift 
was fully a hundred thousand dollars. The 
forenoon before he suffered the fatal stroke of 
paralysis he had spent at the hospital. The 
building will be one of the finest memorials 
to the first citizen of Cortland. Mr. Wickwire 
was also director of the Wickwire Steel Com- 
pany, incorporated in 1907, having a large, 
modern plant on the Niagara river, just north 
of Bufifalo. T. H. Wickwire Jr. is treasurer. 

The following editorial from the Cortland 
Daily Standard shows the appreciation of Mr. 
Wickwire's character and service to the com- 
munity : 

It is only the simple truth to say that the death of 
no other citizen of Cortland could cause the wide- 
spread and deeply-felt loss which follows upon the 
death of Chester F. Wickwire. Xo other citizen 
has done so much for the place in so many ways, or 
has shown such interest and pride in its progress 
and welfare. More than any one else he has con- 
tributed to make Cortland what it is, not only by 



laying the foundations of the great business of which 
he was head and lending his remarkable mechanical 
genius and sound judgment tu building it up to its 
present proportions, but by years of faithful, intelli- 
gent and self-sacrificing service on its board of pub- 
lic works, and last of all by the splendid gift which 
he recently made the city in the hospital building 
which is not yet completed. He was quiet and mod- 
est, simple and sincere, kindly and genuine. His 
word was never given to be broken, and his sym- 
pathies and acts were always on the side of that 
which was straight and square and right. Careful 
in reacliing his conclusions, he stood like a rock when 
his mind was made up. -And there was throughout 
his whole career an unwavering faithfulness and 
perseverence and loyalty in whatever his hands found 
to do which won admiration and commanded success. 
The story of the great mills which grew up from 
the seed of an old liand-wire loom under the touch 
of the genius of the man reads like a fairy tale of 
American business. Opportunity knocked at his door 
and did not knock in vain. But not one man in a 
million would have made of the opportunity \vhat he 
did, and even he had no vision of what it would 
bring in its train. He simply saw a piece of machin- 
ery to be put in order and then improved, and he 
did the work and did it well. .And so it was with 
every demand which increasing business and enlarg- 
ing outlook put upon him. He did the day's duties to 
the best of his ability, without self-consciousness or 
greed, and he grew and things about him grew with 

Those who worked with him and under him liked 
him and respected him. He had done work and the 
hardest kind of work himself, he knew what a fair 
day's work was, and he was never unreasonable or 
exacting, but always- appreciative of intelligent and 
efficient effort. Few employers have commanded to 
a greater degree the sincere affection and coniidence 
of their employees. 

As he was in business, so he was in his social and 
domestic life. He was a true friend, a kind and gen- 
erous husband and father, a public-spirited and right- 
minded citizen. Friends who were closest to him 
believe that what he had already done for his city 
in the gift of a hospital building by no means 'repre- 
sented all that he had in mind. While few men as 
busy as he was give the public more and better serv- 
ice than he gave to Cortland by his years of member- 
ship on its board of public works, his modesty led 
him to think that he had done little where he might 
have done much, and had his life been spared it 
would undoubtedly have been still richer in labors 
and benefits for his fellow townsmen. 

His death means a loss to Cortland which no one 
can estimate. He was its most honored and valiied 
citizen. He leaves a vacancy in the community which 
cannot be filled. And there is a universal and heart- 
felt sympathy with those to whom he stood in the 
closest relations and upon whom his death falls with 
a weight all the harder to bear because he was 
stricken down in apparent health and with the pros- 
pect of years of usefulness before him. 

He married. October 2, i8(t6, Ardell L., 
daughter of Sinieon and Sabrina ( Rowley ) 
Rouse, of Cortland. Children: i. Ra^^mond 
Chester, born .August 2, 1872, died January 

15, 1878. 2. Charles Chester, born June 23. 
1879, mentioned below. 3. Frederic Ross, born 
January 16, 1883, graduated from Andover, 
1902: graduated from Yale, 1905; a director 
and secretary of Wickwire Brothers ; also di- 
rector in Wickwire Steel Company, and suc- 
ceeded his father on the hospital board. 

(\'III) Charles Chester, second son of Ches- 
ter I'ranklin and Ardell L. ( Rouse ) Wick- 
wire, was born in Cortland, New York, Jtme 
23, 1879. He was educated at Cortland Normal 
Sthool and Phillips Academy, at Andover, Mas- 
sachusetts, being graduated from the latter 
class of 1898. Immediately upon the comjdc- 
tion of his studies, he entered upon an active 
business life, becoming associated with his 
father in the manufacturing plant of "Wick- 
wire llrothers," in Cortland. He rapidly de- 
velope 1 fine executive qualities, and, in 1907, 
was elected vice-president of the corporation, 
an office he now fills (1911). He holds other 
positions of trust and is interested in other 
enterprises, including membership on the board 
of directors of the National Bank, of Cortland ; 
director of Wickwire Steel Company, near 
Buffalo. He is a member of the Presbyterian 
church. In 1904 he was presidential elector, 
and succeeded his father on the board of public 
works. Politically he is a Republican. He 
married, October 9, 1902, Mabel Louise, daugh- 
ter of Hon. Lawrence Fitzgerald, ex-state 
treastirer of New York. She was educated in 
the Cortland schools, and at Smith College, 
where she was graduated in class of 1901. 
Children: Helen .\rdell. born September 18. 
1904: Charlotte Rouse, March 20, 1909. 

( VII ) Theodore H., youngest child of Ray- 
mond and Elmira ( Greenman ) Wickwire, was 
born in Cortland, New York, March 29, 1851. 
In 1873, '" association with his brother, Ches- 
ter Franklin Wickwire (now deceased), he 
engaged in the mantifacture of wire cloth and 
wire goods, under the firm name "Wickwire 
Brothers." The business steadily increased in 
volume, and, in 1892, was incorporated umler 
the same name, with Chester F. Wickwire, 
president, and Theodore H. Wickwire, treas- 
urer. The plant is very large and is well 
e(|tiipped with special machinery invented by 
members of the company. Mr. Wickwire has 
numerous other business activities. He is presi- 
dent of the Wickwire Steel Company, with 
plant on the Niagara river, just north of Buf- 
falo : vice-president of First National Bank, 
of Cortland ; director of the Second National 



Bank, of Cortland ; chairman of the board of 
trustees of the First Presbyterian Church, of 
Cortland ; secretary of the local board of the 
Cortland State Normal School ; director of the 
Albany Theological Seminary, and other minor 
interests. In 1896 he was presidential electur 
for the state of New York, on the ticket of the 
Reiniblican party. He married, June 12, 1878, 
iMiinia \'. Woodmansee. Children: i. Theo- 
dore Harry, born at Cortland, New York, April 
6, 1879; prepared for college at Phillips An- 
dover Academy, whence he was graduated 
1898; entered Yale University, being gratlu- 
ated in 1903, with the degree of A. B. ; mar- 
ried, at Brooklyn, New York, October, 1903, 
Sophie Bremmer, daughter of Charles Gor- 
hani Hedge, and has sons, Theodore Harry 
(2), born September 27, 1906, and Hedge W'.. 
born February, 1910. 2. Jere Raymond, born 
Jul\- 3, 1883: graduated at Phillips Andover 
Academy, 1902: Yale L'niversity, 1906, degree 
of A. P>. ; married, April 21, 1908, Constant 
Lounsberry, daughter of Isaac Bradley John- 
son, of New York City; one child, Jere R. Jr.. 
born March 31, 191 1. 3. Ward .\llington, born 
March 31, 1885 : entered Yale University, class 
of 1909. 4. Harriet Allington. 

The Kinney family of Cortland, 
KINNEY New York, trace their ancestry 
in unbroken male line to the 
emigrant who landed in New England more 
than two and one-half centuries ago. He was 
of English birth, son of a titled Englishman, 
and was doubtless reared in aflluence. Like 
many of his day he demanded for himself en- 
tire freedom in matters of religion, and being 
denied in his native land, he joined the tide of 
emigration flowing to Holland, the one bright 
s]X)t in Europe where religion was conceded 
to be a matter of personal arljustment and not 
to be governed by dictate of jirince or church 

(II) Henry Kinney, born in England, in 
1642, was the son of Sir Thomas Kinney, of 
Norfolk, England, who had been knighted for 
n valuable service rendered his king. Henry 
Kinney came to America from Holland, in 
1633, and settled on a farm at Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, where he died in 1712. He served in 
King Philip's war: was a prosperous farmer, 
and a most religious man, often officiating at 
public service endeavoring by precept and ex- 
ample to advance the cause of his Master. 
He held public office in Salem, where his name 

is found as Keyney, Kenney, Kenny, Kinney 
and Kinne. He married Anna . Chil- 
dren: John, born 1651 ; Thomas, of further 
mention; Hannah, born 1658: Mary, 1659; 
Sarah, 1661 ; Elizabeth, it)()2 ; Lydia, 1666; 
Henry, 1669. 

(III) Thomas, second son of Henry Kin- 
ney, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, 1656, 
died in that town, 1687. His name appears in 
the "First Booke of record of ye proprietors 
of ye common lands in Salem and of their first 
meeting which was ye 29 day of June, 1713, in 
a list of ye proprietors," as Thomas Kenney 
He was also a farmer and a religious man. He 
married, 1677, Elizabeth Knight, who bore him 
four sons. 

(IV) Thomas (2), eldest son of Thomas 
( I ) and Elizabeth ( Knight ) Kinney, was bo.rn 
at Salem, Alas.sachusetts, 1678, died at Preston, 
Connecticut, October i, 1756. In 1715 he sold 
his Salem property and removed to Preston 
(now Griswold), Connecticut. When he made 
deeds for his Salem property he signed his 
name Kinne and carried that spelling to Con- 
necticut with him. His gravestone on the 
banks of the Tackany bore the same form 
which is still adhered to by some branches of 
his descendants. He was one of the founders 
and a deacon of the "Second Church of Christ" 
in Preston, now the First Congregational 
Church, of Griswold. He married Martha 
Cox, who bore him, between 1702 and 1727, 
ten sons and six daughters. His eldest son. 
Jeremiah, died in \'oluntown, Connecticut; 
married Mary Strackweather and had thir- 
teen children ; another son. David, married 
Eunice Cogswell, who bore him twelve chil- 
dren, of whom the eighth. Elizabeth, was the 
mother of eleven children. Amos, fifth child, 
married Sarah Palmer, and had eight children. 
His son served in the revolution, as did twenty- 
two others of the name Kinne from Connecti- 

(\ ) Moses, sixth scjn of TiKimas (2) and 
Martha (Cox) Kinney, was born in Salem. 
Massachusetts. May 8, 17 10, died in \'olun- 
town. Connecticut, 1798. He married Abigail 
Read. Among their children was Ira. 

( \'I) Ira, son of Moses and Abigail ( Read) 
Kinney, was born in Vokmtown. Connecticut. 

August 7, 1740. He married Miriam , 

and had a son Moses. 

(\'II) Moses (2), son of Ira and ^Miriam 
Kinney, was born June 7. 1768. died at Cort- 
land, New York, 1853. In the vear 1800 he 



was living in Preston. Connecticut, from 
whence he departed on this long overland jour- 
ney to Cortland county, New York, where he 
had selected a farm in the town of Homer, one 
and one-half miles east of the village of Cort- 
land. His journey took him through an un- 
broken wilderness filled with the wild things of 
the forest, ever ready to do him harm. The 
journey, however, was safely made. He im- 
proved his farm to such an extent that it was 
considered one of the very best in Cortland 
county. In the spring of 1836 he sold this 
farm to his son Gilmore, realizing $6,000 for 
it. He then settled in the village of Cortland, 
where he resided until his death. In early life 
he united with the Presbyterian church and 
lived according to the strict tenets of that faith. 
His punctuality and regularity at church serv- 
ices were proverbial and the story is told of 
his horses running or walking away, going to 
the church where they stopped long enough 
for the family to alight (had they been there), 
then proceeding to the church sheds and stand- 
ing orderly until Moses came after them. He 
was very positive in his opinions and exceed- 
ingly loath to admit himself in the wrong, but 
so sturdy and inflexible in his integrity that he 
held the respect of all. He was appointed 
lieutenant of militia, April 8, and ensign, April 
29, 1805, his commission bearing the signature 
of Governor Morgan Lewis, of New York. 

He married (first) Adah , who died in 

Homer, New York, February 23, 1810, only 
surviving the burdens of a pioneer's wife ten 
years. In 1811 he married (second) Polly 
Forbes, who died in Cortland, New ^'ork, 
April 13, 1838. Children by first wife: i. Bet- 
sey, born September 10, 1789, died at Delevan, 
Wisconsin ; ten children. 2. Moses, born March 
II, 1792. died June i, 1849, vvithout issue. 3. 
Lorin, born September 18, 1794, died July 29, 
1 81 5, without issue. 4. Gilmore, of further 
mention. 5. Clarissa, born August 27, 1799, 
died July 11, 1815. 6. Azor, born October 13, 
1803. 7. Olinda, born January 28, 180C). 
8. Giles, born February 9, 1808. Children by 
second marriage : 9. Norman, born January 25, 
1812, died May 22, 1875. 10. Adah, born No- 
vember 22, 1813, died January 28, 1819. 11. 
Anna, born February 23, 1816. 12. Frances 
A., born July 10, 1818. 13. Esther A., born 
February 14, 1822. 14. Ronielia F., born June 
29. 1829. 

(Mil) (iilmorc, fdurth cliild of Moses (2) 
and his first wife, .\dah Kinney, was born July 

22, 1796, at Preston, Connecticut, died at Mc- 
(jrawville, Cortland county. New York, De- 
cember 16, 1856. He came to Cortland county 
with his parents in 1800. He assisted in wrest- 
ing the farm from its wild uncultivated state, 
obtaining his education at a school three miles 
distant, taking turns with his two other brothers, 
during the three winter months of school. He 
remained with his father until his marriage, 
then rented a farm on the share plan, meeting 
with indifl'crent success. About 1828 he was 
elected constable anfl was reelected seven suc- 
cessive years. During his last three years of 
office he was also under-sheriff and lived in 
the Cortland county jail, then located at the 
west end of Court street, in Cortland Village. 
In 1836 he purchased the homestead farm of 
his father, moved there, where he continued 
his residence until the spring of 1840, when 
he sold the entire property of one hundred and 
seventy-five acres and removed to Cortland 
X'illage, remaining until the following Decem- 
ber. For the next seven years he was owner 
and proprietor of the McGrawville Hotel; dis- 
posing of that property he purchased a home 
just west of the hotel, where he lived until his 
death. He was a successful man of business 
and left his family a competence. He joined 
the Presbyterian church when young, but in 
later life adopted more liberal views and firm- 
ly believed in future happiness for all. He 
was a Whig in politics. He married, February 

23, 1819, Lois Noble. Children: i. Lorin A., 
born January 20, 1820, tlied May 17, 1836. 2. 
(Jrson .Alonzo. of further mention. 3. Minerva 
A., born January 9, 1823. died June 7, 1843. 
4. Selina, born February i, 1824; married, 
February i, 1866, Alanson Pike. 5. Clarissa 
M., born April 28, 1827: married, June 13. 
1850, Lucius Babcock. 6. Edwin R., born 
January 13, 1831 : married, January 14. 1852. 
Eleanor Decker ; children : Arthur, Emma, 
Mary, Edwin, who died June 4, 1857. 

(IX) Orson .\lonzo, second son of Gilmore 
and Lois (Noble) Kinney, was born in Cort- 
land, New York, October 31, 1821, died at Mc- 
Grawville, New York, June 17, 1896. He 
attended the common schools, and early began 
working on his father's farm, first settled by 
his grandfather, Moses Kinney. There was a 
great deal of stock raised on the farm and 
(irson A. made trips across country to Phila- 
delphia, driving the cattle, which were dis- 
posed of on arrival at the city mentioned. In 
1846 he settled about two miles south of Mc- 



Grawville, on a farm, remaining there until 
1857, when he removed to Blodgett's Mills. 
In 1870 he returned to the village of McGraw- 
ville, where he lived until his death. He dealt 
extensively in real estate, built many residences 
and did much to improve McGrawville ; was 
town trustee many years and aided greatly in 
every movement for the advancement of the 
town. He was prominent in the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows; was for twenty years 
a member of the old lodge and became a char- 
ter member of the new lodge instituted in 
1880; held the rank of past noble grand at the 
time of his death. He was a Democrat in 
politics. He married (first) February 25, 
1846. lulia E. (jreenman, of Solon, New York, 
born February 29. 1824, died July 24, 1876. 
He married (second) Nancy E. Lamont, of 
McGrawville. Children, all by first marriage ; 

I. Clarissa, born January 7, 1847, died Octo- 
ber 28, 1861. 2. Clara .Augusta, born .\pril 

II. 1848, died October 20. 1861. 3. Roger, 
born .April 10, 1850, died December 20, 1863. 
4. Gilmore, born January 2, 1852, resident of 
\\'eehawken, New Jersey : married Celia Os- 
born : children: Benjamin, born May 6, 1875; 
Montrose, September 22, 1876; Julia, Febru- 
ary 8, 1880: Clarine, Alarch 25, 1883; (Jilmore, 
June 9, 1886: Charles, February 7, 1889. 5. 
Julia Etta, born May 29, 1834: married Colo- 
nel Daniel S. Lamont: children: Elizabeth, 
born December i, 1881 ; Julia, September 22, 
1883, died August 26, 1902; Frances Cleve- 
land, November 18, 1888; Catherine. Cktober 
II. 1896. 6. Orson A. (2), of further men- 
tion. 7. Jessie, born December 21, i8()8, died 
February 19, 1871. 

( X ) Orson Alonzo ( 2 ) , son of Orson Alonzo 
fi) and Julia E. (Greenman) Kinney, was 
born in Rlodgetts J^Iills, Cortland county. New 
York, February 8, 1866. He was educated at 
AIcGrawville Free Academy, and on leaving 
school at the age of seventeen years associated 
with his brother for several years, engaged in 
ranching in Kansas. From 1888 until 1892 he 
was cashier of the First National ISank, of 
Dighton, Kansas. In 1892 he returned to 
Cortland and until 1899 was employed in the 
ofifices of the "Wickwire Brothers" manufac- 
turing plant. In 1899 he was elected secretary 
of the H. F. Benton Lumber Company ( estab- 
lished in 1866. incorporated in 1899), and ujion 
the death of Mr. Benton, in 1910, was elected 
president of the corporation, which position he 
now holds (1911). He is an elder of the 

Presbyterian church, of Cortland : member of 
the McGrawville Lodge, Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, and of the Cortlandville 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. Politically 
he is a Democrat. He married (first), Octo- 
ber 26, 1887, Sadie G. Taylor, born December 
29, 1865, died .August 29, 1893, daughter of 
\Vilson Taylor, of East Palestine, Ohio. He 
married (second), November 19, 1896, Mar- 
garet Townsend, of Moravia, New York, born 
February 8, 1872, daughter of James J. and 
Amy (.Arnold) Townsend. Children: I. Mar- 
garet Reade, born September 16, 1901. 2. 
Orson .Alonzo (3), born April 21, 1903, died 
March 10, 1904. 3. Daniel Lamont, born July 
22, 1905. 

Lieutenant William Clark, immi- 
CL.ARK grant ancestor, was born in Dor- 
setshire, England, in 1609. Ac- 
cording to family tradition, he came to New 
England in the shi]i "Mary and John," which 
left Plymouth, England, .\iarch 30, 1630. The 
name of William Clark also appears in the list 
of passengers who took "Oathes of Supremacy 
and Allegiance to pass for New England in 
the 'Mary and John' of Lqndon, Robert Sayres, 
Master, 24th Mar. 1633." He settled at Dor- 
chester, Alassachusetts, before 1635. There 
were three other Clarks among the first set- 
tlers at Dorchester, who were buried beneath 
one gravestone, which bears the following in- 
scription : 

Here lie tliree Clarkes. tlieir ace Hints are even. 
Entered nn earth, carried np to Heaven. 

The name is by many families spelled with a 
final ''e." 

William Clark was a prominent citizen of 
Dorchester, and was a selectman, 1646-50. In 
1653 he was one of the petitioners to the gen- 
eral court of Massachusetts for permission to 
settle in the "New Country," now Northamp- 
ton, Massachusetts, and removed to that town 
in 1659. A history of Northampton says "Lieu- 
tenant William Clarke moved his family to 
Northampton in 1639. His wife rode on horse- 
back, with two baskets called 'panniers' slung 
across the horse, carrying one boy in each 
basket and one on her lap, her husband, fifty 
vears old, preceding on foot." From the 
town records of Northampton, it appears that 
William Clark received twelve acres of land 
on the west side of what is now Elm street. 



bordering on Mill river. Here he erected a 
log house, which he occupied from 1659 to 
1681, when it was burned. An historian says 
of this occurrence: "Here behold a sad picture 
of the times ! Jack, a negro servant of Sam- 
uel Wolcott, of Wethersfield, set fire to the 
house of Lieutenant William Clarke by taking 
a brand of fire from the hearth and swinging 
it up and down, for to find victuals, and was 
sentenced to he taken from the bar to the place 
whence he came, and then to be hanged by the 
neck till he was dead, and then to be taken 
down and burnt to ashes in the fire. He con- 
fessed that he did it and did it in carelessness 
and the law had its course." The new house, 
erected in 1681, remained standing in North- 
ampton until 1826. Lieutenant William Clark 
organized, in 1661, in Northampton, a train 
band of sixty men, for defence against the In- 
dians, and he commanded the company in King 
Philip's war and other Indian wars. He was 
one of the seven incorporators of the first 
church in Northampton ; he was also a judge 
of the county court. He married (first) Sarah 

, who died September 6, 1675. He 

married (second) Sarah Cooper, November 15, 
1676, who died May 6, 1688. He died at 
Northampton, July 19, 1690. A monument has 
been erected to his memory in the Northamp- 
ton cemetery. Children: Sarah, born 1638; 
Jonathan, 1639: Nathaniel, 1642; Experience, 
1643; Increase, 1646; Rebecca, 1648; John, 
1651 ; Samuel, 1653; William, 1656, mentioned 
below ; Sarah, 1659. 

(II) Captain W'illiam (2) Clark, son of 
Lieutenant William ( i ) Clark, was born at 
Dorchester. His birth is recorded as follows: 
"Wm. Clarke ye sonne of Wm. Clarke borne 
3 :5 :56." When he was three years old, his 
father removed to Northampton, and he was 
carried there in a "pannier" on horseback. He 
was an early settler, large landowner, and 
prominent citizen of Lebanon, Connecticut. 
He was one of the purchasers of the tract of 
land in the north part of the town, known as 
"The Clarke and Dewey Purchase," from 
Ow^anecho. sachem of the Mohegan Indians, 
who claimed rights under Uncas, and was also 
one of the "fifty-one original land proprietors." 
He was the first representative of Lebanon in 
1705, in the general assembly, and continued 
in that office for thirteen years. He was also 
a selectman sixteen years and town clerk, 1700- 
25. He was captain of militia, and served in 
several wars with the Indians. He married 

(first) Hannah Strong, at Northampton, July 

15, 1680. She died January 31, i(>93, and he 
married ( second ), 1(394, Mary Smith, who died 
April 2^, 1748. He died at Lebanon, May 9, 
1725. Children of first wife: Hannah, born 
1682: Abigail, 1683; William, 1685; Jonathan, 
1688. mentioned below ; Thomas, 1690; Joseph, 
1691 ; Benoni. 1693. Children of second wife: 
Timothy, 1695: Gershom, 1697. 

( HI ) Jonathan, son of Captain William ( 2 ) 
Clark, was born at Northampton, May 13, 
r688. He was a farmer by occupation, and 
died at Lebanon, January 12, 1743. He mar- 
ried Hannah Smalley, January 6, 1713. Child, 
Jonathan, mentioned below. 

(IV) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (i) 
Clark, was born at Lebanon. November i. 
171 5. He was a farmer by occupation and in- 
herited large landed property. This property 
he sold, and lost his fortune by the continental 
money of the revolution. In 1757 he was 
selectman of Lebanon. He married, January 

16, 1734, Mercy Dewey. Children: Hannah, 
born 1735 ; Jonathan, 1737 ; Dan. 1741 ; Mercy, 
1745; David, 1748: Zerviah, 1751 : Lemuel, 
1753: Gershom, 1755. 

(V) Lemuel, son of Jonathan (2) Clark, 
was born at Lebanon, August 8, 1753, died at 
Candor, New York, 1831. He was a farmer 
by occupation, and lived successively at Leb- 
anon, Connecticut ; Columbia county. New 
York ; West Stockbridge, Lenox, and Loudon, 
now Otis, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, 
and Canaan, Bridgewater and Candor, New 
York. He served in the revolution for a short 
time, and his name is on the roll of Captain 
David Tilden's company, raised in Lebanon, 
April, 1775, and also in the ofiicial "List of 
the Men who marched from the Connecticut 
Towns for the Relief of Boston in the Lexing- 
ton Alarm, April, 1775." He married 

Children: Sarah, born 1773; Lem- 

uel, 1775: William, 1777, mentioned below; 
Erastus, 1779; Ruth, 1781 ; Daniel, 1783; 
Gershom, 1785; Benjamin. 1787: Ira, 1789; 
Gustavus, 1791 : John Flavin, 1793; Amos, 
1794; Alvin, 1797. 

(VI) William (3), son of Lemuel Clark, 
was born in Lebanon, September 22, 1777. He 
became a well educated and successful Pres- 
bvterian clergyman, licensed by the Berkshire 
Presbyterian Association, 1803. From 1803 
to 1808 he was a missionary in western New 
York. He preached successively at Romulus, 
Ovid, Wolcott, Huron, Hannibal, Danby and 



Ira, New York. He was a fluent and im- 
pressive speaker, an ardent friend of law and 
order, education, all social and moral reforms, 
and was a pioneer in the crusades against in- 
temperance and slavery. He was distinguished 
for his fine physique and commanding pres- 
ence, strong and logical mind, ready wit and 
remarkable memory. He married, July 16, 
1807, at Cjenoa, New York, Sophronia Tillot- 
son. Children: Elizabeth, born 1808: William, 
1810, mentioned below : Samuel, 181 1 ; Darius, 
1814: Sophronia, 1816: Corintha, 1818: Em- 
mons, 1827: Tillotson, 1828. 

(VH) William (4), son of William (3) 
Clark, was born at Ovid, .Seneca county. New 
York, February 9, 1810. His ancestors on his 
mother's as well as his father's side served with 
credit in the revolution. Two of his younger 
brothers were John T. Clark, late judge of the 
state of Wisconsin, and General Emmons 
Clark, of New York City, for twenty-five years 
colonel of the Seventh Regiment, and since 
1866 secretary of the New York health de- 
partment. He came with his father at the age 
of six years to Huron, Wayne county, and re- 
mained there, except for about two years, until 
he was twenty, when he went to Lyons to study 
law. Here he entered the office of Graham H. 
Chapin and afterwards that of John M. HoUey. 
He was admitted to practice as an attorney 
at law in the supreme court, January, 1838, 
and practiced at Lyons for two years. He then 
entered into partnership with Hon. John M. 
Holley, which continued until the latter's death. 
While a member of congress, January, 1841, he 
was admitted under the system then in force in 
New York, as a counselor of law in the su- 
preme court, as a solicitor in chancery, January. 
1838, and as a counselor in chancery, January. 
1843. In March, 1842, he was also admitted 
to practice in the district and circuit courts of 
the L'nited States, in and for the northern dis- 
trict of New York, From the time of Mr. 
Holley's death, Mr. Clark practiced alone to 
the time of his leaving Lyons for Denver, Colo- 
rado, except for a few years when Colonel An- 
son S. Wood, late of \Volcott, New York, was 
associated with him under the firm name of 
Clark & Wood, and from 1870 to 1876, when 
his son, William H. Clark, was associated with 
him under the firm name of W. & W^ H. Clark. 
Mr. Clark was a strong and convincing advo- 
cate, and was particularly well known as a 
thoroughly informed and safe legal advisor, a 
reputation which gained for him the term of 

'"Counselor" Clark, He took a deep interest 
in politics, first as a Whig and afterwards as a 
Republican, and was state senator in 1854-55, 
and chairman of the judiciary committee. In 
December, 1878, Mr. Clark removed to Denver 
for the benefit of his health, which had been 
much impaired from asthma. While on his 
return tu that city from a visit to Lyons he fell 
from a train near Clyde, Ohio, July 9, 1890, 
and was instantly killetl. He was a member of 
the Central Presbyterian Church, of Denver. 
He married, October 13, 1847, Amelia R. Heer- 
mans, formerly of Nassau, New York, who 
died October 16, 1880. They had six children, 
of whom two died when very young. Surviv- 
ing children : William H., mentioned below ; 
John H., for many years principal of the Lyons 
L^nion School, afterwards superintendent of 
schools at Flushing. New York, now principal 
of the Flushing high school, a part of the 
(jreater New York system; Mrs. James W. 
Putnam, of Lyons, New York, and Mrs. James 
II, Brown, of Denver, Colorado. 

(VIII) William Heermans, son of Hon. 
William (4) Clark, was born at Lyons, New 
York, August 12, 1848. He was educated at 
Hamilton College, which he attended in 1865- 
66, and at Union College, 1866-68, from which 
he obtained the degree of A. B. He took the 
tlegree of A. M., in 1871, and delivered the 
Master's oration at commencement that year. 
While in college, he took the Ingham and War- 
ner prizes and other prizes in speaking and 
writing. He was a member of the Phi Beta 
Kappa .Society. In 1869 he was admitted to 
the bar and practiced law until April i, 1876, 
in which year he bought the Cortland Stand- 
ard, a weekly newspaper, now a daily and semi- 
weekly. Since 1903 he has also been presi- 
dent of the Norwich ( New York ) Publish- 
ing Company, publishing the Norzvich Daily 
Sun and Chenango Scnii-U'eekly Telegraph. 
He is also president of the Cortland Standard 
Printing Company. In 1875 he was a member 
of assembly from Wayne county, and was a 
member of the Republican state committee, 
under the chairmanship of Chester A. Arthur. 
He is now jiresident of the local board of 
managers of the State Normal and Train- 
ing .School at Cortland, postmaster of the 
city of Cortland, and was one of the first 
Cnion P'ree School commissioners of Cort- 
land. He married. December 31, 1879, Helen, 
daughter of Rev. Thomas Street, D. D. ChU- 
dren: .Antoinette, born 1880: Thomas Street, 


]\Iay 4. 1884, (lied May 12. 1909, graduated 
from Cortland High and Normal schools, and 
from Princeton University, 1908, and was a 
student at Harvard Law School at the time of 
his death; Eilward Heermans, 1886; Helen. 

The Saunders family is one 
SAUNDERS of the oldest in Rhode Isl- 
antl, Tobias Saunders hav- 
ing made settlement in Taunton as early as 
1643. He was the associate of Robert Burdick 
when they were arrested and brought before 
Governor John Endicott for "forcible entry 
into the Pequot lands." He was later deputy 
and an important man. The Cortland, New 
York, branch, however, claim descent from 
Jonathan Saunders, believed to have been an 
emigrant from England. He was a resident of 
Stonington, Rhode Island, a member of the 
Seventh Day Baptist Church and a preacher. 
He married a Miss Sisson. Children: Benja- 
min, Cyrus, Jonathan (2). Henry Ziba, Bina, 
and Elisha. 

(H) Cyrus, son of Jonathan and 

f Sisson) Saunders, was born near Stonington, 
Rhode Island, Alay 19, 1772. He married in 
his native state and with his young wife came 
to Central New York, settling in the town of 
Freetown, Cortland county, in 1795, where he 
passed fifteen years of toil, privation and lone- 
liness, being the first settler in the town. He 
labored hard to clear, cultivate and pay for his 
farm. When the last payment was made and 
he deemed himself in a home secure from debt 
he found to his dismay that his title was imper- 
fect and worthless. He lost his farm, then re- 
moved with his family to Factory Hill, in 
Homer \'illage, where he remainecl until the 
factory burned in 1815. From Homer the 
family removed to the town of Solon, settling 
on fifty acres of land for which he paid three 
hundred dollars. This tract was covered with 
forest and here Mr. Saunders had practically 
to begin life over again. The first step was to 
build a log cabin, then clear enough land to raise 
a crop. For nineteen years he labored on his 
farm, then with his son. Perry H., went to 
McGrawville. New York, and bought the card- 
ing and cloth dressing mill, which had been 
conducted by Eber Wilcox and John Peat. This 
business Saunders & Son conducted for ten 
years, then removed to Cuyler, in what was 
known as the Kinney settlement. Later he 
removed to Chautauc|ua county. New York, 

where he died in 1856. He married, in Rhode 
Island, 1794, Nancy (Nabbie) Hiscock. born 
near Stonington, Rhode Island, January 15,. 
1772, died in Cortland county. New York, July 
18, 1852. In 1796 she took her infant daugh- 
ter Nabbie (later a resident of Westfield, Chau- 
tauqua county), and made the journey from 
Freetown to her former home in Rhode Island, 
making the journey on horseback in company 
with a neighbor woman. A year's sojourn in 
the wilderness where she seldom saw a white 
woman had caused such a longing for home 
and kindred that she was willing to brave the 
dangers of such a trip to see again her loved 
ones. The journey was made in safety as was 
the return, both ways on horseback. Children : 
I. Nabbie, born (October 2^. 1796, married 
Gabriel House, and at age of eighty-nine years 
was in good health. 2. Catherine, born May 
14, 1799; married Alvin Hodges. 3. Richard. 
4. George. 5. Lavinia, born February 8, 1802. 
6. Almeda, born December 23, 1803; married 
Henry G. Randall. 7. Maria, born October 22, 
1805 ; married Billings Browning. 8. Cyrus 
( M. D. ), born June 4, 1807, died February 29, 
1858, his death was caused by drowning in his 
attempt to ford a river while on his way to 
minister to a sick patient : married (first) Sally 
Ann Dunning, (second) Cynthia Gallup. 9. 
Nancy B., born August 20, 1809 ; married Pres- 
ervoid Bromley. 10. Perry Howlett, of fur- 
ther mention. 11. Elisha, born November 22, 
1813: married Cordelia C. Chenev. 12. Cvn- 

( III ) Perry Howlett, son of Cyrus and 
Nancy (Nabbie) (Hiscock) Saunders, was 
born in the town of Cincinnatus, Cortland 
county. New York, May 11, 181 1, died Janu- 
ary 12, 1890. He was educated in the public 
schools ; was his father's assistant on the farm 
and for ten years engaged in business with 
him at the cloth dressing mill in McC^rawville. 
For many years thereafter he was engaged in 
farming. He was a man of great energy and 
high character, commanding the respect of 
all. For over half a century he was a devoted 
member and active worker in the Methodist 
Episcopal church. He married, April 23, 1835, 
Sarah Emerson, born in Groton, Massachu- 
setts, January 2, 1816, died July 30. 1889, 
daughter of Dearborn and Sally ( Brooks) Em- 
erson. Children: i. Edwin, born May 10, 1837, 
married Mary Woodruff. 2. Samuel, born De- 
cember 17, 1838, died July 6, 1905 ; enlisted in 
1 86 1 in Company G, Seventy-sixth Regiment, 

NEW Y()R[ 


New York \'olunteers ; was severely wounded 
at (Gettysburg, which later caused his honor- 
able discharge ivLnn the army ; he rose to the 
rank of lieutenant of Company G; married 
Alary W'heelock. 3. George E., born May 15, 
1840, died November 22, 1876: married Ber- 
tha E. Kibbe, died April 4. 191 1. 4. Sarah, 
born January 29, 1842,, died November 23. 
1866: married \\'alter Thompson. 5. Juliette, 
born September 3, 1843, 'I'^d January 23, 
1866: married Ilomer D. Call. f>. Mary E., 
born September 17, 1845, married Almond M. 
Kibbe. 7. Charles \V., born August 24, 1847, 
married Mary Brown. 8. Franklin P., of fur- 
ther mention. <). William F.. born July 20, 
1853. married Ellen Skinner, of Syracuse. 10. 
Lucia B.. born May 28, 1835, married Samuel 
H. McCuIlough and lives in Idaho. 11.. Fred- 
erick J., born September 18, i860, married 
Alice Bunnell. 

(IV) Franklin P., son of Perry Hewlett 
and Sarah (Emerson) Saunders, was born in 
the town of Fabius, Onondaga county, New 
York, February 27, 1849. He was educated in 
the public schools of the town of Truxton 
(where his parents had removed), and at the 
Seventh Day Baptist Seminary at De Ruyter. 
finishing his education at Cazenovia Seminary. 
.After completing his studies he engaged in the 
nursery business for several years, represent- 
ing well known firms of Rochester and Syra- 
cuse. He later engaged in the same business 
on his own account, emjiloying many agents 
and doing a successful business in New Eng- 
land and in New York state. In 1879 he mar- 
ried and settled on a farm in Truxton, which 
he operated until March, 1883. when he re- 
moved to Truxton Village, and, in 1892, re- 
moved to Cortland, New York. During his years 
of residence in Truxton Mr. Saunders gave 
special attention to live stock, buying, breeding 
and selling, shipping mostly to tlie New York 
and Philadelphia markets. He was a most 
successful farmer and stock dealer and is well 
known all over the county. He is a director 
of the Second National Bank, of Cortland, 
and interested in other business enterprises in 
Cortland. He has devoted much of his time 
to the public service and although a Republican 
in politics, he obtained strong endorsement 
from his Democratic friends of Democratic 
Truxton. In 1887 he was elected supervisor 
by a large majority, reelected in 1888-89, re- 
fusing another nomination, being the only Re- 
publican so honored during a period of twenty- 

four years. In 1895 'i*^ was tlie candidate of 
his party for the state assembly, and was elect- 
ed, receiving two thousand more votes than his 
nearest opponent. During the session of 1896 
he served on legislative committees, taxation 
and retrenchment, villages and internal aft'airs. 
During the session he introduced bills: "Pro- 
viding for the issuing of railway mileage- 
books : to punish the pollution of streams ; to 
punish violations of the .Agricultural Law : re- 
garding the collection of taxes ; providing that 
notices of political primaries shall be given : 
relative to affidavits under foreclosure : re- 
garding the foreclosure of mortgages." In 
1896 he was reelected to the assembly by a 
large majority, serving in the session of 1897 
on committees: judiciary: banks and public 
education, and was chairman of committee on 
printed and engrossed bills. Mr. Saunders' 
life has been a successful one from whatever 
point viewed. He has an abundance of world- 
ly goods, the confidence and respect of his 
community, has been honored publicly and has 
a nature that enjoys and appreciates. He is 
a member and trustee of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, of Cortland, and interested in 
church and benevolent work. 

He married, C)ctober 22, 1879, Harriet L. 
Peck, born in Solon. New York, .August 20, 
185.S, daughter of Piatt and Mary .Ann (Kin- 
ney) Peck, of Solon, granddaughter of Cap- 
tain .Stephen N. Peck, and the ninth in line 
from William Peck, the progenitor, who was 
line of the founders of the New Haven colony. 
Children: I. Carrie, born August 8, 18S0, died 
Jannarv 17, 1881. 2. .Arthur Franklin, born 
Ausiist I, 1882, engaged with his father in the 
cattle and live stock business : married Ger- 
trude Huber, of \'an Etten, New York ; child. 
Franklin Arthur, born October 7, 1910. 3. 
-Anna Harriet, born November 18, 1883, died 
February 24, 1910; married Harry A. Jenni- 
son : child, Harriet, died in infancy. 4. Fannie 
Sarah, born September 4, 1891. 5. Helen 
Peck, born .\pril 8, 1897. 

This name is not as numerous- 
TISD.ALE ly represented in .America as 

many others, but it is among 
the earliest, and has contributed many useful 
citizens. Its connection with the settlement 
and development of Central New York has 
been an honorable one, and it is still associated 
with the annals of the region. It appears in 
the early New England records with various 



spellings, such as Tisdall, Tisdel, Tisdell and 
numerous other forms. The English arms of 
the family represent an arm passing through 
a crown holding a javelin. Among the earlier 
generations were Elkanah Tisdale, a noted 
lawyer, and Nathan Tisdale, an eminent class- 
ical scholar and teacher of Lebanon, Connecti- 
cut. The family has its part in the various 
wars, incident to the building and preservation 
of the Union, and in civil affairs has taken no 
mean part. 

( I ) John Tisdale, ancestor of nearly all now 
bearing the name in this country, was born in 
England. 1615-20, and settled in Du.xbury, 
Massachusetts, 1636. He was styled "yeo- 
man," and his name appears on the list of 
planters and proprietors. He brought suit in 
court, June 7, 1636, against Stephen Hopkins 
for an assault and battery by which Tisdale 
was dangerously wounded, and Hopkins was 
fined five pounds and costs. He was admitted 
an inhabitant of Duxbury, 1638: was among 
those able to bear arms according to the list 
of 1643: constable, 1645: removed to Taunton, 
where he was living December 26, 165 1, when 
he bought lanils of William Brett, at Dux- 
bury. In Taunton, he was constable in 1659: 
was among purchasers of Taunton North 
Purchase, 1668; selectman, 1674; deputy to 
Plymouth general court, same year. He was 
murdered by Indians in King Philip's war, 
June 2-]. 1675. His wife, Sarah, died Decem- 
ber, 1676. His will, proved November 2, 1676, 
bef|ueathed to sons, John, James, Joshua and 
Joseph ; to daughters, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary 
and Abigail. The court made note in its record 
that the two younger sons had endangered 
their lives in protecting the property. The 
estate was divided by agreement between these 
sons and the three sons-in-law, John Smith, 
James Dean and Nathaniel b'rench. His in- 
ventory amounted to one hundred and fifty 
I)ounds. He owned land at Taunton and near 
Assonet. He married Sarah Walker, born 
1618, died December, 1678, daughter of Widow- 
Walker, of Rehoboth. Children : i. John, born 
in Duxbury, died about the last of December, 
1677: married, November 23, 1664, Ann, 
daughter of John Ruggles, of Duxbury. 2. 
James, born 1644, died January 15, 1715 ; mar- 
ried, November 5, 1666, Mary Avery, who died 
September 9, 1713, aged sixty-six; resided at 
P>erkeley. admitted a freeman. May, 1670. 3. 
Joshua, born at Duxbury, 1646, died aged 
seventy-two, in Freetown ; married. July 5, 

1688, Abigail, daughter of Henry Andrews; 
she died 1741 ; resided at Taunton, or Assonet 
River. 4. Joseph, mentioned below. 5. Eliza- 
beth, married John Smith. 6. Sarah, married 
James Dean. 7. Mary, born at Taunton, died 
there. May 18, 1731. 8. Abigail, born at Taun- 
ton ; married, February i, 1683, Edward Bob- 
bett, born July 15, 1653, son of Edward Bob- 
bett : child, Edward, born February i, 1684. 
Each of the four sons named his oldest son 
for himself. 

( II) Joseph, fourth son of John and Sarah 
(Walker) Tisdale, was born 1656. in Duxbury, 
died 1721-22, in his sixty-fifth year. He set- 
tled in Taunton, of which Norton was former- 
ly a part, and inherited a large estate of his 
father. He married, .\ugust, 1681, Mary 
Leonard, born .\ugust 2, 1663, daughter of 
Major Thomas Leonard. Their children were: 
I. Joseph, of whom later. 2. Elkanah, born 
1684. 3. Mary, 1686. married Joseph Winslow, 
of Swansea. 4. Hannah, 1688 ; married, Feb- 
ruary 8, 1710-11, William Hodges, of Norton, 
died March 7, 1715. 5. Sarah, 1690; married 
Thomas Reed, of Dighton. 6. .Abigail (twin). 
1(192; married Ephraim Hayward, of Bridge- 
water. 7. Elizabeth (twin), 1692; married 
Elkanah Leonard, of Middleburg. 

(HI) Captain Joseph (2) Tisdale, eldest 
child of Joseph (i) and Mary (Leonard) Tis- 
dale, was born in 1682, at Taunton, died in 

1739. He married there, March 13, 1707, Ruth, 
daughter of John and Bethiah ( Frye) Reed. 
She died August, 1748, in her sixty-third year. 
Their children, mentioned in his will of May, 
1735, were: Job, Joseph, Loved, Seth, Eben- 
ezer, Simeon (father of James, ancestor of 
Samuel R. Tisdale, merchant, late of New 
York City). Bethsheba. Mary and Hannah. 

(R') Job, son of Captain Joseph (2) and 
Ruth ( Reed ) Tisdale, was born 1708, in Taun- 
ton, where he resided and died May 19. 1755, 
at the age of forty-seven years. 

( \ ) James, son of Job Tisdale, was born 

1740, died 181 1. He resided in West Taunton, 
was a Presbyterian clergyman, and wrote his 
own funeral discourse in preparation for his 
e.xpected death. He married .Abigail Free- 
man, of Norton. Massachusetts, December 22, 
1774, and among their sons were Leonard and 
Rev. James. The latter was graduated from 
Brown L'niversity. 1821, studied theology with 
Rev. A. Cobb, of West Taunton, and was or- 
dained September 29, 1830, over the churches 
in Chiildhall and Granby, Vermont, whence he 



was dismissed May 4, i83('i. He preached four 
years in Dublin. Xew Haiupsliire, seven years 
in Gilsum, same state, and after October, 1851. 
in Shutesbury, Massachusetts. 

( \'I ) Leonard, son of James and Abigail 
( Freeman ) Tisdale, was born August 23, 1776, 
in \\'est Taunton, died February 18, 1850, in 
Cortland, New York, where he settled in 1803- 
04. Fie married, February 8, 1805, Sallie 
Hicks, born February 18, 1774, died February 
8, 1862. Children: i. Alonzo, mentioned below. 
2. Minerva, born August 21. 1807; married, 
June 3, 1832, Noah Ashley. 3. Almira, Janu- 
ary 24, 1809; married, January i, 1829, Alan- 
son Van \'alkenberg. 4. Loring, May 2, 1812; 
married, February 18, 1836, Sophia Dutter- 
field. 5. Evaline, April 21, 1816; married, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1842, Ephraim Spencer, and died 
November 11, 1897. 6. Orlando, November 16, 
1818: married (first), February 16, 1843, Emily 
Eggleston, who died March 16, 1844: mar- 
ried (second), November 7, 1849, Ann Wes- 
cott, born July 2"/, 1818. 7. Orsamus, Novem- 
ber 28, 1820: married, February 12, 1845, Julia 
Sholes, and died March 24, 1898. 8. Lovinia, 
October 7, 1823; married (first), October 12, 
1843, L^c Rose, who died November 5. 1853; 
married (second), January 20, 1859, Edwin 

(A'H) Alonzo, eldest child of Leonard and 
Sallie (Hicks) Tisdale, was born December 
12. 1805, in Cortland, where he died July 7, 
1865. He received a common school educa- 
tion, learned the trade of carpenter, and con- 
ducted an extensive milling business at Blod- 
getts Mills, also had a saw and gristmill there. 
He was captain of state militia. He married, 
January 17, 1832, Dorliska, born 181 1, died 
1899, daughter of Loren and Nancy (Salis- 
bury) Blodgett. Children: i. Theresa, born 
March 17, 1833. died February 21, 1908; mar- 
ried Lucian Hale; children: Wayland, Clara, 
Frank. Elvena. Mabel. 2. Aldoretta, born 
1835, died March 3, 1908; married Rev. W. R. 
Stone ; child, Anna. 3. Wayland D., see for- 
ward. 4. Elvena, born 1843: married Charles 
Hinman ; three children : William, Carrie and 

(\'ni) Wayland D., son of Alonzo and 
Dorliska ( Blodgett ) Tisdale, was born in Cort- 
land, New York, December 10, 1837. He was 
educated in the town schools and Cortland 
Academy. He taught school several years, 
then engaged in lumber business in Cortland 
for a time, later engaged in coal business, under 

firm name of W. D. Tisdale & Company, and 
continued in coal business up to 1874, when he 
went with the Cortland Wagon Company, and 
was treasurer of that company from 1874 to 
1888. He was president of the Erie and Cen- 
tral New York railroad, and treasurer for five 
years, or until they sold out to the Delaware, 
Lackawanna & Western railroad ; at the pres- 
ent time is secretary of the Cortland & Auburn 
railroad. He was president of the village in 
1873 and 1894, and was trustee: was elected 
member of assembly in 1887-88, and served on 
committees on banks and public education, and 
was chairman of committee on villages. Mem- 
ber of Cortlandville Lodge, No. 470, Free and 
.Accepted Masons. He married, June 2, 1863, 
Rosetta Burlingham, of Salon, New York, 
daughter of Philip and Hulda ( Feet) Burling- 
ham. Children: i. Glenn A., born July zj, 
18*^)4; educated in town schools and Cortland 
Normal : was ticket agent at Cortland when 
sixteen years of age ; was telegraph operator 
and manager for Western L'nion several vears 
in Cortland ; was -in brokerage business in 
Providence, Rhode Island, for ten years ; is 
now with the Franklin Automobile Company, 
of Syracuse. He married Kate Pratt, of 
(iloversville. New York, and has four children: 
(jlenn W., born August 2, 1890; Doris, Sep- 
tember 30, 1896; Katherine, May 4, 1899; 
Hulda, June 7, 1902. 2. Maud, born July 23, 
1871, died July 2T. 1880. 

The surname Rowley is of an- 
R()WLEY cient English origin, derived 
from some place name at the 
time (jf the adoption of surnames in England. 
Many of the family in England, as well as in 
America, have been distinguished in various 
walks of life. There are several coats-of-arms 
borne by Rowley faiuilies in the old country. 
Most of the American colonial families of thi'^ 
name descended from Henry Rowley, men- 
tioned below. 

( I ) Henry Rowley, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England and diefl in Barnstable or 
Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 1675. He was 
one of the early planters of Plymouth and was 
a taxpayer as early as 1632. According to 
some accounts he came with Pilgrims from 
Leyden in 1630. He was admitted a freeman 
in 1634, after removing to Scituate, where he 
and his wife Anne joined the church. January 
8, 1634. In 1638 he removed with Rev. John 
Lotlirop to the new settlement at Barnstable, 



on Cape Cod. He was a deputy to tlie general 
court at Plymouth. In 1650 he removed to 
West Barnstable and later to Falmouth. He 
married (first) Sarah, daughter of William 
Palmer. He married (second), October 17, 
1633, Anne, daughter of Deacon Thomas Blos- 
som, who started for New England in the 
"Speedwell" from Holland, in 1620, but had 
to return ; came to Plymouth in 1629. Chil- 
dren : Moses, mentioned below ; Joseph, said 
to have gone to the Barbadoes ; Sarah, mar- 
ried, April II, 1646, Jonathan Hatch, of Barn- 
stable and Falmouth. 

(II) Moses, son of Henry Rowley, was 
born about 1630, died in 1705, at East Flad- 
dam, Connecticut. He married, April 11, 1652, 
at Barnstable, Elizabeth, daughter of Captain 
Matthew Fuller, soldier and surgeon-general 
of the colony. She died at East Haddam or 
Colchester, Connecticut, after 1714. Moses 
is mentioned in the will of William Palmer, as 
legatee "Moses whom 1 love." The grand- 
father Palmer gives evidence of some Part- 
ridge, that "he might be. brought up in the 
feare of God & to that end if his father suffer 
it, I give Mr. Partridge five pounds." Ap- 
parently Moses lived with his grandfather, 
and, March 7. 1653-54, the court allowed him 
a cow from Palmer's estate. He was ad- 
mitted a freeman in 1677: was constable at 
Falmouth in 1681 ; deputy to the general court 
in 1693. He bought sixty acres of land of 
Jonathan Gilbert, at Haddam, Connecticut, 
originally laid out to John Henderson, May 3, 
1692, by deed of CJctober 4, 1^393. He prob- 
ably removed to Haddam in 1691, but his 
wife did not approve of the removal, for she 
refused to sign the deeds, and in a deed of her 
dower rights, she declares that her husband 
left her without support and dependent on 
the bounty of her sons, John and Moses. His 
will is dated August 16, 1704. at Haddam. He 
left his homestead to sons, Moses and Mat- 
thew. Children: Mary, born March 20, 1653, 
married, January 7, 1675, John Weeks, of 
Falmouth; Moses, November 10, 1654; Child, 
died August 16, 1656; Shubael (twin), born 
January 11, 1659, married Catherine Cri])pen ; 
Mehitable (twin), married John Fuller: Sarah, 
September 16, 1662 ; Nathan, mentioned below : 
Aaron, Alay 16, 1666, married Mary Weeks; 
John, October 22. 1667; ]\Iatthew. married 
Joanna . 

(III) Nathan, son of Moses Rowley, was 
born at Falmouth, on Cape Cod, in 1664. He 

married IMercy Hatch, born April 27, 1667, 
at Falmouth, in Barnstable, daughter of Jon- 
athan and Sarah (Rowley) Hatch. Children, 
born at Barnstable: Mercy, August, 1691 ; 
Sarah, October, 1693; Elizabeth, 1695; Alary, 
September, 1699; Nathan, April, 1700: Moses, 
February, 1704-05 ; John, May 25, 1706 ; Hatch, 
Alarch, 1706-07; Mehitable, May, 1709; Alat- 
thew, November 10, 1720, mentionetl below; 
Anna, June 8, 1724. 

(IV) Matthew, son of Nathan Rowley, was 
born at Falmouth, in Barnstable, November 
10, 1720, died there. May 31, 1801. He was 
a carpenter by trade and resided at Woods 
Hole. Barnstable, on Great Neck. He was a 
grand juror in 1767; highway surveyor in 
1758-61-72. He married, February 24, 1744-45, 
Christina \\'eeks, of Falmouth. She died 
Alarch 15, 1808, aged ninety-two years. Chil- 
dren, born at Falmouth : Mary ; Nathaniel 
Chamberlain, mentioned below, and probably 

( \') Nathaniel Chamberlain, son of Mat- 
thew Rowley, was born at Falmouth, in 1756, 
died in 1830. He came to New York state be- 
fore the year 1800, and settled at South Cort- 
land in 1 82 1, and bought a farm of five hun- 
dred acres. He was a soldier in the revolu- 
tion. He married (first) ; (sec- 
ond) Lucy Lamont. born in 1778, died Sep- 
tember 28, 1851. Children: Philemon C, Lu- 
cina, Moses, Sabrina, Nathan Weeks, Caroline, 
Silva, Washington and Daniel. 

(VI) Philemon Chamberlain, son of Na- 
thaniel Chamberlain Rowley, was born in 
Greene county, New York, July 7, 1800, died 
in South Cortland, New York, Alay 26, 1874. 
He came with his father to South Cortland in 
1821, and engaged in business in a general 
store there for several years. He brought his 
stock from Albany in carts and carried pro- 
duce to market. For a number of years he 
conducted a four-horse stage line between 
Cortland and Owego. In 1835 he sold his 
projierty in Cortland and went west, driving 
in his own carriage. He bought land in Illi- 
nois, and lived there for a time, and afterward 
in Kalamazoo county, Michigan. He spent 
his last years in Cortland, however, and died 
there. He was captain in the state militia in 
his younger days. He was an energetic, cap- 
able and upright man. He married, September 
17, 1823, Alary Sweet Curtis, born November 
12, 1803, died November 24, 1882, daughter 
of Gideon and Fanny (Rice) Curtis. Chil- 



(Iren : Curtis, born December 29, 1825, died in 
1908, in Santa Barbara, California; Addison 
Porter, mentioned below; Mary L., March 12, 
1832, married John Gere; Charlotte, July 12, 
1835, married Frederick Downs; Charles Mil- 
ton. July 10, 1838. 

(\'II) Addison Porter, son of Philemon 
Chamberlain Rowley, was born at Cortlancl- 
ville, New York, June 2, 1830. He attended 
the public schools of his native town and 
Homer Academy. He taught school for a time 
in Russellville .\cademy, Camden, South Caro- 
lina. In 1851-52 he had a general store at 
Congaree, South Carolina. Upon his return 
to New York he settled at South Cortland 
and for a period of fifty-two years followed 
farming. He won two prizes on corn raised 
on his farm, exhibited at the World's Fair, 
Chicago. He dealt also in live stock and was 
general agent for the McCormick farm ma- 
chinery. From 1862 to 1894 he was post- 
master at South Cortland and during this long 
period gave the utmost satisfaction to both 
government and patrons of the office. He has 
always been active in politics. He is a Repub- 
lican and for fifteen years was a member of 
the board of registration. lie contributed to 
the Presbyterian church fund for the church 
at Cortland. Since 1904, when he retired from 
active business, he has lived at Cortland City. 
His daughters are members of the Daughters of 
the .American Revolution. 

He married, in 1854, Mary E. Smith, of 
Pitcher, Xew York, daughter nf .Moses Smith 
and .\urelia ( Pierie ) Smith. She died in 
1898. Children: Cora May, married Lewis E. 
Waters, attorney of Syracuse, Xew York ; 
children : Lewis .Addison and Lillian Louise 
Waters: Lizzie, died in childhood; Louise, 
married ( leorge Harkness, of Cortland. 

Peter \\'right, immigrant ances- 
WRIGIIT tor, was one of three brothers, 
said to be grandsons of Sir 
Thomas Wright, of Kilverston, England, who 
immigrated to .\merica in i'''36-37, and set- 
tled first at Lynn, Massachusetts, and shortly 
after at Sandwich, Massachusetts. In 1653 
they removed to Long Island with Rev. Will- 
iam Leveridge, and purchased land at Oyster 
Bay for the sum of four pounds sterling, a 
quantity of beads and other trinkets. The 
other brothers were Nicholas and Anthony. 

Peter Wright married Alice . He died 

in 1669, leaving a widow and eight children. 

.Alice married ( second ) Richard Crale. Chil- 
dren, among them Adam, mentioned below. 

(II) Adam, son of Peter Wright, was born 

March 20, 1663, and married . 

Children ; Peter, Rachel, Deborah, Thomas, 
James, Solomon, Abigail. Reuben, mentioned 

(III) Reuben, son of Adam Wright, was 
born February 11, 1726. He was a member 
of the Society of Friends and therefore did 
not engage in the military operations during 
the revolution. He was a miller by trade, and 
during the war his mill provided flour for the 
.American army, and at one time, when a Brit- 
ish attack was feared, a brigade was sent under 
General Israel Putnam to guard it. Like many 
others, who had faith in the government, he 
lost heavily by the depreciatitm and final repu- 
diation of the continental currency. He de- 
clined to put his money in real estate when it 
still had some value and his grandchildren and 
their children used thousands of dollars of it 
for bookmarks and play money. He lived in 
the town of Somers, Westchester county, New 
York, and had at least nine children. .Accord- 
ing to the census of 1790, p. 206, he had at that 
time four males over si.xteen, three under six- 
teen and si.x females in his family. He mar- 
ried (first) Sarah Smith, 1754; (second) 
Phcebe (Juimby, 1770. Children: Thomas. 
James, Elizabeth, Sarah; Reuben, mentioned 
below; Phcebe, Mary, Ephraim, Hannah. 

{I\') Reuben (2), son of Reuben (i) 
Wright, was born Alarch 26, 1778. He mar- 
ried, Alarch 3, 1808, Margaret, daughter of 
Thomas Strang (see Strang I\'). He had 
thirteen children : Caroline .A. ; Thomas Strang, 
mentioned below ; George W., Joseph .Sackctt. 
Ann E., Mary E.. Phoebe Ouimby, Susan, Eliz- 
abeth. Ephraim R., Charles, .Abby Jane, Theron 

(V) Thomas Strang, son of Reuben (2) 
Wright, was born in Somers, Westchester 
county. February 5, 1813, died a resident of 
Lisle, New York, in September, 1876. He was 
educated in the common schools and became a 
prominent contractor and builder. He was 
ambitious, enterprising and capable, and was 
especially noted for his skill in building rail- 
road and other bridges and erecting churches 
and other large edifices. He removed to Car- 
mel, Putnam county. New York, soon after 
his marriage, and lived there for seven or eight 
years. He then removed to the town of 
Somers, Westchester county, New York, on 



the \\ right Homestead." After remaining 
there for one year, he removed to Brooklyn 
New \ork, and at the end of a year moved 
back to the home.stead, where he lived for three 
years. Pie finally removed to a farm in the 
town of Richford. Tioga county, New York 
in the spnng of 1850. During this time his 
occupation was farming. He was also a car- 
penter and joiner, master workman. In i860 
he removed to Lisle, Broome county, New 
York, and he died a resident of that place in 
September, 1876. In politics he was a Whig 
until the Republican party was formed, when 
he became a member of the latter party and 
continued so for the remainder of his life He 
married, January 24, 1837, Mary Elizabeth, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Martha Ann ( Town- 
send) Lrane, born July 29, 1818 (see Crane 
■ VI). .She died January 28, 1897, at the resi- 
dence of her son, Benjamin T., who was named 
tor her maternal grandfather, Benjamin Town- 
send, who was of Quaker ancestry, but himself 
an active and zealous Methodist. Children- 
Benjamin Townsend, mentioned below • Sackett 
LeCrand: Reuben Augustus, lives at Ithaca, 
^ew York; Alarj; Augusta, married (first) 
l:rank Stone, (second) William J. Walker, and 
live at Elizabeth, Colorado: Morton Crane- 
Amelia Phebe, married Nelson Ripley and 
fives in Syracuse, New York; Frederick K - 
bophia Elizabeth, married William N. Haynes' 
(VI) Benjamin Townsend, son of Thomas 
Strang Wright, was born in Carmel, Putnam 
county, New York, February 28 1838 He 
was educated in the district schools and the 
Cortland Academy, at Homer, and took up 
the study of law in the office of McDowell & 
Edwards, of Lisle. New York. He turned 
away from the law, however, on account of 
the civil war, and, in 1862, enlisted in Company 
t' ? J , Twenty-seventh Regiment, New 
'i^ork Volunteer Infantry, for two years but 
was transferred to Company H, One Hundred 
and Sixty-eighth New York Regiment, and 
served m the Army of the Potomac. In 186^ 
his regiment was transferred from the Army 
of the Potomac to Georgia, with the troops 
sent as reinforcements after the battle of Chick- 
amauga, and when Sherman marched to the 
sea his regiment was detailed to watch and 
guard the bridge across the Tennessee at 
Bridgeport, Alabama. While in the service he 
was on a gunboat during three naval eno-a<re- 
ments, in one of which he was an active par- 
ticipant. In 1863 he took part in a hazardous 

mtantry raid to within a few miles of the city 
of Richmond for the purpose of destroying 
certain military and medical stores belonging 
to the Confederates. The raid was success" 
tuJ, but the command narrowly avoided cap- 
ture. It was composed of volunteers from 
several regiments, and included one hundred 
and forty men of his regiment,. who were sta- 
tioned finally at an advantageous position at a 
cross roads, a few miles from the objective 
point of^ the expedition, with orders to hold 
the position at all hazards and keep open com- 
munication. His detachment was attacked by 
a .superior torce of rebels and an engagement 
lasting several hours ensued, but the position 
was held and the commanding officer especially 
commended the men who saved the day and 
made the success of the raid possible 

He was mustered out of service with the 
rank of corporal, October 31, 1863, and im- 
mediately resumed the study of law. He was 
for .several months a clerk in the office of the 
United States provost marshal, at Owego New 
York. May 12, 1864, he was admitted to the 
bar and began to practice at Whitney's Point 
New \ ork. After two years there he removed 
to Marathon, Cortland county, New York 
where he practiced for the ne.xt eight years' 
Since 1874,^ however, he has been located at 
Cortland, New York. At Marathon he built 
up an extensive practice and took an active 
and prominent part in public affairs. He was 
attorney and counsel for the incorporated 
village of Marathon and rendered valuable 
service in that capacity in drafting the by-laws 
ot the village. He was one of the founders 
in Marathon of a council of. the Loyal Lea^^ue 
and was for several years its president. In "the 
tall of 1873 he was elected district attorney 
of Cortland county and, in February following- 
moved his office to the county seat and took up 
his residence there in April. As a district 
attorney he made an exceptionally good repu- 
tation for ability and zeal in the trial of cases 
Many of the criminal cases in which he secured 
convictions were important, and the fines and 
penalties paid into the county treasury durino- 
his term of office were substantial evidence 0I 
his efficiency as a public prosecutor. He held 
the office until 1877 and since then has devoted 
himself to his private practice, which has been 
very large. In politics he is a staunch Re- 
publican, though he has on occasion given an 
example of political independence. On ac- 
count of his good fighting qualities, his ad- 

f'^JU^O-yiy^A^s^^ U (TUnAyOJ!^<^cl_ /fHj^^^jC^ 

NEW Y( )RK. 


■versaries in politics came tu calling him Ben- 
jamin "Tecumseh" Wright, and the nickname 
has for many years been used by his friends 
generally. As a public speaker at banquets, in 
the court room, on the political platform, and 
at other gatherings he has won a reputation 
second to none in the county. 

He is a member of Grover Post, No. 98, 
Grand Army of the Republic, and for two 
consecutive terms was its commander. In 
1880 he was inspector general of the Depart- 
ment of New York, on the staiif of Hon. L. 
Coe Young, department commander, and his 
report received the hearty commendation of 
the annual encampment as the m<i^t complete 
and useful one ever submitted. He was also 
a member of the staff of General Russell .A. 
Alger, national commander, and is now a mem- 
ber of the Russell A. Alger National Staff 
Association. He is a member of the Cortland 
County \'eterans Association and other organ- 
izations of veterans of the civil war. 

Mr. Wright is a lover of nature and in his 
younger days was an enthusiastic sportsman. 
He continues to enjoy his annual seasons of 
recreation in field and forest, on the lake, or 
beside the stream with rod and gun. In relig- 
ion he is a Congregationalist and a member of 
the First Congregational Church and Society 
of Cortland, has been a member of its board 
of trustees and for several years chairman of 
the board, an active worker in the Sunday 
school, of which he was the first librarian. He 
was raised a Mason in Upper Lisle Lodge, No. 
388, and afterward became a charter member 
of Western Light Lodge of Free Masons at 
Lisle, New York, and its first junior warden 
and a warden thereof, and then affiliated with 
Marathon Lodge, at Marathon, .New York, 
and has been for many years a member of 
Cortlandville Lodge, No. 470; also a member 
of Cortland Chapter, No. 194, Royal Arch 
Masons, by affiliation from Ringhaniton Chap- 
ter, No. 139, and is now a member of Cortland 
Commandery, No. 50. Knights Templar. 

He married. May 9, 1866, Mary .\nn How- 
land, born December 23, 1840. daughter of .\r- 
temas and Liicinda L. ( Raker) Howland. Chil- 
dren: Mary Lida. Elizabeth Linncll, Margaret 

(The Strang Line). 

( I ) Daniel L'Estrange. or Strang, the im- 
migrant ancestor, was born in Paris, France. 
in 1656. He married Charlotte, daughter of 
Francis Hubert. They were Huguenots, and 

as such were obliged, upon the Rev(K-ation of 
the Edict of Nantes, October 22. i')85, to be- 
come refugees and to flee t(j England. There 
they settled in London, where he obtained a 
lieutenancy in the Guards of James, Duke of 
York, then King of Great Britain. In 1688 he 
immigrated with his wife to America, together 
with other French Protestants, and settled in 
.New Rochelle, New York! In 1697 he re- 
moved to the town of Rye, Westchester county, 
New York, where he kept a hotel for a time. 
Fkth he and his wife died there, the former in 
1706, the latter in 1722, and were buried in the 
Episcopal churchyard. They had seven chil- 
dren, of whom E)aniel, mentioned below, was 

( 11 ) Daniel (2). snu of Daniel ( i ) Strang, 
was born in England, and married I'hcebe 
I'urdy. They had eight children, of whom 
Henry, mentioned below, was one. 

(HI) Henry, son of Daniel 12) Strang, 
married. 1761. Margaret, daughter of Thomas 
Hazard, of the Island of Nassau. He was a 
lieutenant or captain in the revolution and 
had a brother Joseph who was a major in the 
same service. Both served at or near Harlem, 
New York. He died July 22, 1832, aged 
ninety-three years. He had twelve children, 
Thomas, mentioned lielow, being one. 

(I\') Thomas, son of Henry Strang, was 
born in 1763, and lived near Crum Pond, in 
Westchester county. He married ( first ) Eliz- 
abeth Sammis. and ( second ) Abigail Brown. 
.Among their children was Margaret, who mar- 
rie 1 Reuben Wright (see Wright IV). 

(The (_'rane Line). 

(I) Benjamin Crane, immigrant ancestor, 
was born about 1630. and was in Wethersfield, 
Connecticut, as early as 1655. Ellery B. Crane, 
in his "Crane Genealogy" says : "It is not posi- 
tively known when he came to Wethersfield, 
but Hinman, in his 'History of Connecticut 
Settlers.' seems t(j think that he came from 
Massachusetts, which statement all investiga- 
tions thus far seem to warrant." On February 
24, 1656. he was grantefl a home lot of two and 
a half acres in the centre of the town. He was 
admitted a freeman. May 12. 1658, and his 
name appears on the court records in 1655-56. 
He bought of John Dixon or Dickenson, Sep- 
tember 14. 16(14. land in the West Field, and 
there built his dwelling-house and tanneries, on 
Mud Lane. The house was one of the six 
houses fortified by town vote in 1704. He also 



had a grant of land on Beaver, now Tando's 
brook, in 1660. He served on the jury in 1664, 
drew land in the allotment of 1670, and pnr- 
chased land of Daniel Rose in 1673, and other 
tracts at various times. In May, 1682, he was 
one of those who petitioned the general court 
for liberty to "erect a plantation in the Wabay- 
nassit country" (Windham county). He car- 
ried on his tanning business about a mile below 
the village on the Middletown road, and the 
.spot for years has been known as "Old Crane's 
Tannery Place." At his death. May 31, 1691, 
his son John succeeded to the business. He 
married, April 23, 1655, Mary liackus, who 
died July 8, 1717, daughter of William and 
Sarah (Cliarles) Backus. Children : Benjamin, 
born March i, 1656; drowned June 20, 1693; 
Jonathan, December i, 1658, mentioned below ; 
Joseph, April i, 1661 ; John, April 30, 1663; 
Elijah, 16(55; Abraham, 1668; Jacob, 1670; 
Israel, November i. 1671 ; Mary, 1673. 

(11) Lieutenant Jonathan Crane, son of 
Benjamin Crane, was born December i, 1658, 
died in Lebanon, Connecticut, March 12, 1735. 
He was one of the settlers of Windham, Con- 
necticut, and at the first public meeting, May 
18, 1691, was chosen, with three others, to run 
the town lines. During that summer he built 
and set in operation his gristmill, which was 
on the site of what is now known as Brig- 
ham's Mills. October 6, i6gi, he, with ten 
others, petitioned the general court to grant 
them a town charter, the town to be called 
Windham. The petition was granted May 12, 
1692. At the first public meeting, June 12, 
1692, he was chosen one of the "Townsmen," 
, and at the same time was on a committee to 
secure a minister. He held also various minor 
ofifices. In May, 1695, he was elected ensign 
of a military company and commissionetl by 
the general court in October of that year. Janu- 
ary, 1695, he exchanged property with Ser- 
geant William Backus, and received for his 
gristmill, a new dwelling-house in Windham, 
together with several acres of land, known as 
the "Hither Place." This property he sold 
again in April of the same year. January 30. 
1700, he, with Rev. Samuel Whiting, pur- 
chased a lot of land in Windham, which they 
gave to the town for a "meeting-house plat or 
common." It was afterwards called "Wind- 
ham Green," and upon it the first meeting- 
house was erected. In iCyc)8 he and Thomas 
Huntington had purchased, in behalf of the 
])roprict(irs (if W'indham, a tract of land con- 

taining about ten thousand acres, lying between 
Windliam and Norwich, and, in 1700, this tract 
was made over to him and Rev. Samuel Whit- 
ing to lay out and sell to settlers. That same 
year he received permission from the court at 
Hartford "to keep a public victualing house 
for the entertainment of travelers and strang- 
ers, and the retailing of strong drink," and, in 
1703, the town agreed to have but "one ordi- 
nary. Lieutenant Crane to keep it." He was 
also in that year commissioned lieutenant by 
the general court. The following year, when 
the Indian war broke out afresh, the military 
company of Windham was reorganized and 
he was chosen lieutenant. He was exceedingly 
active in all church affairs, and, in 1726, was 
chosen, with two others, to act with the dea- 
cons as councillors of the church. June 26, 
1726, at the first court of common pleas, he 
was one of the first set of jurymen emjianelled 
in the county of Windham. He was also 
deputy to the general court from Windham 
for nine years, 1701-03-05-07-14-17-18-21-22. 
July 3, 1734, he is called of Lebanon. He 
married Deborah, born May, 1661, died 1704, 
daughter of Francis Griswold, who was first 
in Saybrook, in W^indsor, in 1649, and in Nor- 
wich, 1660. He died June 6, 1735. Children 
of Jonathan Crane: Sarah, born November 16, 
1680; Jonathan, February 2, 1684; John, Octo- 
ber I, 1687; Mary, October 20, 1689: Hannah, 
March 7, 1692; Isaac, April 6, 1694; Joseph, 
]\Iay 17, 1696, mentioned below; Elizabeth 
(twin), February, 1698, died same year ; Deb- 
orah (twin), February, 1698, died same year; 
.\bigail, February 15, 1700. 

(Ill) Joseph, son of Lieutenant Jonathan 
Crane, was born May 17, 1696, in \Vindham, 
died .August 20, 1781. In 1713, when a new 
meeting-house was built in Windham, he and 
several other young men built a pew for their 
own use. Some time before 1719 he removed 
to Fairfield, and that year married and re- 
ceived property there from his father-in-law, 
deed dated September 8, 1725. Later it ap- 
pears that he removed to Norwalk, and thence 
to South East, Putnam county. New York. 
He located in the latter town, about 1730. and 
on the east branch of the Croton river, built 
"Crane's Alill." In 1747 he was chosen high- 
way master. He married, 1719, Mary, daugh- 
ter of Samuel , of Fairfield, born De- 
cember 13, 1695, died January 9, 1766. Chil- 
dren: Zebulon, born January 25, 1721, men- 
tioned below; Joseph, October 2, 1722; Mary, 



I\Iay 30, 1726; Thaddeiis, March 27. 1728; 
Abigail, April 3, 1730; Anna, April 12, 1732; 
Stephen, May 19, 1734; Adah, October 25, 

(I\ ) Zebulon, son of Joseph Crane, was 
born January 25, 1721. He married Sarah, 
daughter of William Belden, of Wilton, Con- 
necticut, who was resident of Deerfield, Mas- 
sachusetts, in the fall of 1696, at the time of 
the French and Indian raid on that town. In 
1769 Mr. Crane removed from Bedford, West- 
chester county, New York, to Judeali, now 
\N'ashington, Litchfield county, Connecticut. 
Soon after his wife and five children died, 
within two months of one another. In 1758 
he was captain of a military company in West- 
chester county, from which men were taken 
for service in the French war, for the pur- 
pose of "ranging and scouring the frontier." 
Children : John, born November 24, 1742, men- 
tioned below ; William, October, 1744 ; Zebulon, 
August 7, 1746; Elijah, April i. 1748; Sarah, 
July 12, 1750; Mary, October 8, 1752, died 
young; Belden, November 30, 1754, died 
young: Samuel, April 11, 1757: Abigail, May 
26, 1759; Stephen, April 11, 1761, died young; 
Anna, August 3, 1763, died young ; Seth, March 
I, 1766, died young. 

(V) John, son of Zebulon Crane, was born 
November 24, 1742, died at Carmel, New York, 
June 9, 1827. He marrieil, March i, 1764, 
Tamar, daughter of John and Hannah Car- 
penter, of New Castle, Westchester county, 
New York (see Carpenter XIII). A farm 
deeded to Joseph Carpenter, an ancestor of 
the above, in 1736, is still in possession of the 
Crane family. In 1769, with his wife and two 
small children, he removed from New Castle 
to a farm of two hundred and fifty acres, situ- 
ated near Lake Mahopac, and there, in 1772, 
he built the first frame house in that part of 
tiie country. It was a public inn, where town 
business was transacted and town meetings 
held. He held the office of justice of the 
peace, and was associate judge of the court of 
common pleas, in Dutchess county, before the 
county was divided, and also of Putnam coun- 
ty, after it was established. He served in the 
revolution : Private, Third Company, New 
York Line, March 2 to July 15, 1777; captain, 
Fourth Company, Seventh Regiment (Lud- 
dington's regiment), elected March 12, 1776. 
His commission, which he received from Gov- 
ernor Clinton, is now in the possession of his 
youngest grandson, Benjamin T. Crane. Dur- 

ing the war General Charles Scott, with his 
staft', made his headciuarters for a time at Johii 
Crane's inn, and the continental troops, in 
going from the headquarters, at Salem, West- 
chester, to West Point, often stopped there. 
.•\n interesting story is told of one of his ex- 
ploits during the war. Receiving information 
that some fifty or sixty Tories, enlisted in the 
P.ritish army, were to be mustered into the 
service on a certain night by British officers, 
sent from New York for the purpose, he re- 
solved to prevent the muster, and, if possible, 
capture the whole party. He summoned to 
his aid two resolute men from the highlands, 
who, armed with muskets and bayonets, ac- 
companied him after dark to the rendezvous 
of the Tories, a secluded log house, having 
only one door and one window. On arriving 
at the place, he became assured that the Tories 
and officers had assembled and then quietly 
staticmed his two men, one at the door and one 
at the window, and riding furiously about the 
house in a loud voice delivered orders station- 
ing imaginary troops about the building. The 
men in the house were deceived. When one 
attempted to look out he was met with a 
bayonet thrust from the guard at the door. 
Crane demanded the surrender of the party 
and declined to parley. The Tories gave in 
and the two guards were sent into bind the 
prisoners. The rage and humiliation of the 
helpless prisoners may be imagined wdicn they 
disci ivered how they had been tricked. .At 
the first town- meeting of Carmel, April 7, 
1795, he was chosen town clerk, and also com- 
missioner of highways. He was active in 
church work, and with his family went on 
horseback from their home near Alahopac to 
attend service in the old log church near "Tilly 
Foster Mines," and later aided in the erection 
and support of the Gilead Presbyterian Church, 
at Carmel. 

He was an untlinching patriot, and a notable 
man on account of his integrity and superior 
business capacity in the management of public 
matters. In his private life he was a man of 
great kindness of heart, a firm friend and an 
indulgent parent. In person he was of medium 
size, of good proportion, with mild blue eyes 
and a great dignity of manner. His children 
and grandchildren were endowed with unusual 
attainments and of high personal character. His 
wife Tamar was born December i, 1747, died 
at Carmel, January i, 1823. Children : Joseph, 
born June 3. 1766: Adah, June 6, 1768; Ste- 



phen, November i, 1770: John, June 6, 1773; 
Zillah, October 3, 1775: Nathaniel, February 
28, 1778, mentioned below; Sarah, June 27, 
1780: Arabella, December 25, 1784; Clorinda, 
October 2, 1787. 

(VI) Nathaniel, son of Captain John Crane, 
was born February 28, 1778, died September 
27, 1855. He married, October 3. 1799, Mar- 
tha Ann Townsend, born November 12, 1783, 
died May i, 1825, daughter of Benjamin Town- 
send, of Mahopac. Their home was in Put- 
nam county. New York. He served in the war 
of 1812. Children: John Arthur, born July 
4, 1800, died September 9, 1804; Tamar Ann, 
January 4, 1802, died December 17, 1825; 
James Townsend, May 3, 1804, died December 
14, 1826; Caroline Eliza, June 20, 1806: Fred- 
erick Augustus, October 17, 1808, died Decem- 
ber II, 1826; Charlotte Louisa, December 2"]. 
1 8 10: Joseph Hatfield, September 11, 181 3, 
married Ann Eliza lirown, November, 1839, 
died February 17, 1864; Nathaniel Morton, 
February 23. iSiCi, married Amelia P. Tabor, 
May 4. 1844, died December 25, 1891 ; Mary 
Elizabeth, July 29, 1818, married Thomas 
Strang Wright' January 24, 1837 (see Wright 
V) ; Augusta Sophia, September 12, 1821 ; 
Benjamin Townsend, January 24, 1824. 

(The Carpenter Line). 

(IX) Richard Carpenter, son of William 
Carpenter ( q. v.), was of Amesbury, England, 
and was buried there, September 21, 1625. He 
had a son William, mentioned below. 

(X) William, son of Richard Carpenter, 
was the immigrant ancestor of this branch of 
the family. He was the first person of the 
name who made permanent settlement in 
America. He sailed from Dartmouth, Eng- 
land, May I, 1635, and arrived in New Eng- 
land, June 24, 1635, going first to Hingham 
and then to Providence, Rhode Island, where 
he arriveil April 20, 1635. lie was one of the 
original proprietors of Providence and one 
of the founders of the First Baptist Church in 
America, in 1638-39. He soon removed to 
Pautuxet, about four miles south of Provi- 
dence, later known as Cranston. He served 
many years in the general court as deinity and 
was a very prominent man. He sufifercd in the 
Indian outbreak, and, on January 27. 1676, lost 
two hundred sheep, fifty head of cattle and fif- 
teen horses. His house was set on fire and 
attacked by about three hundred Indians, but 
the flames were extinguished. Two of his 

household were killed. He died September 7, 
1685. His will was datetl February 10, 1680, 
with codicil March 15, 1684, and proved Octo- 
ber I, 1685. He married, in England, Eliza- 
beth, daughter of William and Christiana 
( Peak ) .Arnold, born in Cheselbourne, Dorset- 
shire, England. November 23, 1611. William 
Arnold, her father, was born June 24, 1587, 
died at Providence, Rhode Island, about 1676. 
Her mother, Christiana (Peak) .Arnold, was 
the daughter of Thomas Peak. Children : Jo- 
seph, born about 1635, mentioned below ; Lydia, 
born in Providence, about 1638. Born in Pau- 
tuxet: Ephraim, about 1640; Timothy, about 
1643; V\'illiam, about 1645; Priscilla, about 
1648: Silas, 1650; Benjamin, about 1653. 

(XI) Joseph, son of \\'illiam Carpenter, 
was born in England, at Amesbury, in Wilt- 
shire, about 1635. He came to New England 
with his father and settled first at Providence. 
He married, .April 21, 1659, Hannah Carpenter, 
born at Weymouth, Alassachusetts, February 
3, 1640, daughter of William Carpenter, of 
Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Joseph Carpenter 
settled at Warwick, where he had a corn mill. 
His house was on the south side of the Pau- 
tuxet river, at the wading place near the falls. 
As early as 1663 he was at Long Island, to 
make negotiations with the Indians for the 
purchase of land at Oyster Bay, but did not 
settle there until 1667, as he had considerable- 
trouble in getting possession of the land, where 
he proposed to erect a sawmill and a fulling 
mill. He built a house about 1668, at what is 
now Glen Cove, which continued to be used as 
a dwelling-house until 1835. It was the first 
house there and the site may still be seen. His 
wife died about 1673: and he married (sec- 
ond) Ann, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth 
(Luther) Weeks. She was baptized, with her 
brothers. .Samuel, John and Joseph, in the 
Dutch church at New York, in 1647. Her 
father, Francis Weeks, was one of the five 
persons who was with Roger Williams in the 
canoe when he first landed at Providence. 
Roger Williams said of him that "he was a 
poor young lad who came with them at the 
re(|uest of John .Smith (miller)." As he was 
not of age, a ])ortion of land was set off for 
him and held by the proprietors until he reach- 
ed legal age. Me was an early settler at Hemp- 
stead. Long Island, and, March \~. 1637, was 
made t(nvnsman there. In 1658 he and his 
wife were heavily fined for entertaining Quak- 
ers, and soon after removed to Oyster Bay, 



where he died, 1687-88. Letters of adminis- 
tration were granted on the estate of Josejih 
Carpenter, July 9, 1684. Children: Joseph, 
born i()to; Daughter, 1662, married WilHam 
Thornicraft; Tamsen, 1664: WiUiam, 1666; 
Xathaniel, 1668, mentioned below; Hannah, 
1672-73. Children of second wife: .\nn, 1676; 
Benjamin, 1680; John. 1683. 

(XII) Xathaniel, son of Joseph Carpenter, 
was born in 1668, the first white child born at 
Mosquito Cove, Long Island. He sold land 
there April 16, 1719. and removed to Xortli 
Castle, near Rye. \\'estchester county. He 
bought land in Xorth Castle of Job Wright. 
May 15. 1729. He died after 1730. Children: 
Hannah, born about 1691 ; Joseph; Robert; 
Benjamin ; John, mentioned below ; Anne ; Abi- 
gail : Xathaniel, and perhaps Samuel and 

(XIII) John, son of Xathaniel Carpenter, 
was born at Mosquito Cove, about 1698. He 
married Hannah . He settled at Fred- 
ericksburg. Dutchess county, where he died. 
His will was dated October 31, 1777, and 
proved December 21, 1781. bequeathing to wife 
Hannah ; grandson Caleb, son of his son 
Gabriel ; grandson Joseph, son of Tamar and 
John Crane; grandson Joseph, son of Sarah 
and Henry Lewis; grandson Benjamin, son 
of daughter Anne. Children: Gabriel, born 
1735; Anne or Ame, Xovember 25, 1738: Jo- 
seph; Tamar, married John Crane (see Crane 
\') ; Sarah. 

Conrad Davis was born in W'ash- 
DA\TS ington, New Jersey, a descendant 

of one of the early settlers of New 
Jersey. According to tradition three brothers 
:ame from Wales and settled in the vicinity of 
vvhat is now Washington. Conrad Davis was 
1 prominent and well-to-do citizen. He con- 
ducted a general store, distillery and hotel. 
During the revolution he furnished supplies 
for Washington's troops as suttler at X'alley 
Forge and at other times, and he was compen- 
sated by the government afterward by a grant 
)f six thousand six hundred acres of land, 
^e is supposed to have built the first bridge 
)ver the Delaware river and the first road into 
Calley Forge, over which he carried supplies 
o W^ashington"s army, and through him the 
irmy was saved from starvation. He married 

Weller. They had a son Conrad, men- 

ioned below. 

(II) Conrad (2), son of Conrad ( i) Davis, 
was also born in Washington, New Jeisey, and 
he lived and died in that town. He succeeded 
to his father's business and estate, and was a 
man of considerable wealth and standing in 

the community. He married Weller. 

Children: John P.. Jacob W. ; Job J., men- 
tioned below ; Edward. Rachel. Mary and Lena. 
( HI) Job J., son of Conrad (2) Davis, was 
born in \\'ashington, New Jersey, in 1826, 
died in 1895. He received a common school 
education, learned the trade of carpenter, 
and engaged in business as a contractor and 
builder. He married Susanna P. Watts, of 
Paterson, New Jersey. Her father was a 
native of England. Children: i. Jacob W., 
treasurer of the J. E. Davis Alanufacturing 
Company ; married Katherine Fox ; children : 
Charles, Mary and Blanche. 2. Rosa, lives at 
Washington. Xew Jersey. 3. Louise, married 
John Christian, of Xew I'.runswick. 4. Sarah, 
married David Bibinger, a native of Germany. 
5. John E., mentiijned below. 6. (jeorge B., 
for a time vice-president of the J. E. Davis 
Manufacturing Company. 

( I\') John Edward, son of Job J. Davis, 
was born in Washington, New Jersey, May i, 
1863, and was educated in the public sch()ols 
of his native town. When he left school he 
began to work in tlie organ factory of D. F. 
Beatty. at Washington, Xew Jersey, and con- 
tinued there for three years. He was after- 
ward employed by various piano manufac- 
turers in New York City ; Xorwich, Xew 
York, and Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He re- 
turned to Washington, and, in 1893, engaged 
in the coal business, in i)artnership with R. L. 
Cline. under the firm name of R. L. Cline & 
Company. He was also in partnership with 
his brother in the poultry business, under the 
firm name of Davis Brothers. In 1898 he 
began to manufacture piano backs in Washing- 
ton, under the corporate name of Washington 
Manufacturing Company, and continued suc- 
cessfully until 1903, when he came to Cort- 
land, Xew York, and bought the factory of 
the W'hitney Carriage Company, in which he 
began to manufacture cases and piano backs. 
The business was incorporated as the J. E. 
Davis Manufacturing Company. The plant 
is located on East Court and Pendleton streets, 
with offices at 57 East Court street. Piano 
cases, backs, trusses, pilasters, bridges and 
other parts are manufactured for piano manu- 



facturers. The business of the concern lias 
grown enormously and its customers are found 
in all parts of the country. The plant is one 
of the largest of its kind, having floor space 
of one hundred and ten thousand feet, and it 
is equipjied with one of the most modern and 
efficient wood-working plants to be found any- 
where. The company employs about three 
hundred hands regularly. The officers of the 
company are: President, John Edward Davis; 
secretary, B. M. Ashby ; treasurer, J. W. Davis. 
The facilities of the company for economical 
and superior work have been planned largely 
by the president. The unseasoned lumber 
comes to the factory in train loads, and is un- 
loaded from a private siding at the factory 
and stored in the immense kilns, which have a 
capacity of six hundred thousand feet of lum- 
ber, furnished with some twelve miles of steam 
pipes. Sixty carloads of lumber can be dried 
at one time. In the busy season the company 
saws more than twenty-five thousand feet of 
lumber and produces more than two hundred 
piano backs and one hundred piano cases daily. 
In politics Mr. Davis is an independent, in 
religion a Presbyterian. He is a member of 
Knights of Pythias, and Piano Club of New 

He married, in 1891, Althea D. Hulsizer, of 
Asbury, New Jersey, daughter of Thomas Hul- 
sizer. They have one daughter, Althea C, 
born November 17, 1898, at VVashington, New 

Joshua Jennings, immigrant 
JENNINGS ancestor, was born as early 

as 1620, in England. The 
first record of him in this country is that of his 
marriage, at Hartford, December 22, 1647, to 
Mary Williams, of that town. In 1650 he set- 
tled in Fairfield with other Hartford men. The 
tradition of the family says that he landed 
first at what is now Bridgeport, and went to 
Barlow's Plain. "He was an intelligent and 
industrious man, worthy citizen and maintain- 
ed an excellent reputation. He died in 1675, 
leaving a good estate to his wife and children." 
From him have descended many prominent 
citizens. Green I-'arms, which was formerly 
part of Fairfield, is composed largely of Jen- 
nings descendants. "Their name is associated 
with thrift and prosperity; honest, industrious 
and orderly lives ; tlomestic in their habits, or 
fond of home life; retiring, not seeking pub- 

licity." They were also patriotic, as the records 
show, ready to risk property and life in defence 
of their country. Children : Joshua, married 
Mary Lyon ; Joseph, married ( first ) Abigail 
Gurney, and (second) Sarah Bulkeley; Mich- 
ael; John, married Sarah ; Samuel, 

mentioned below ; Matthew, married Hannah 

Wheeler ; Isaac, married Beers ; Mary, 

married Curtis ; Elizabeth, married 


(11) Samuel, son of Joshua Jennings, mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Michael Grumman. 
He died in 1734, and his will was dated 1728. 
Children: Michael, baptized .September 9, 1694; 
Elizabeth, March 9, 1696; Patience, September 
25, 1698; Sarah, February 11, 1699; Samuel, 
March 22, 1702; Eunice, January 21, 1705; 
Dorothy, November 13, 1709; Nathan, May 
18, 1711, mentioned below; Benjamin, Septem- 
ber 20, 171 3. 

(in ) Nathan, son of Samuel Jennings, was 
baptized May 18. 1711, died in 1757. He mar- 
ried , and had children, born in 

I'airfield: David, Jabez, Michael, James, Na- 
thaniel, Eliphalet, Nathan ; Anne, married 
Alexander Hamilton; Sarah, married a Air. 

( IV ) The sons of Nathan Jennings settled at 
Willington and Ellington, Connecticut. Accord- 
ing to the first federal census of 1790, an "Em" 
Jennings, doubtless meant for one of the sons, 
had two males over sixteen, two under that 
age and three females in his family, living in 
Ellington. At Willington, an adjacent town 
of Tolland county, there were Nathaniel, with 
three sons under sixteen and two females ; 
Davis, with two sons over sixteen and two 
females ; Nathan, with two sons over sixteen, 
one under that age and three females ; Nathan- 
iel 2d, with two sons under sixteen and two 
females and Widow Jennings with one son 
under sixteen and two females. Some of these 
were grandsons of Nathan. 

(V) Oliver Jennings, grandson of Nathan 
Jennings, was born at Fairfield or Ellington, 
Connecticut. He was a soldier in the revolu- 
tion, in Colonel Huntington's regiment, a cor- 
poral, reported missing after the battle of Long 
Island, August 27, 1776. He was taken pris- 
oner and died on a British ])rison ship. Chil- 
dren: Lucinda. Cordial and Oliver. 

(\T) Cordial, son of Oliver Jennings, was 
born before 1776. He removed to Cornwall, 
\'erniont, in later life. He married Lucy 



Foote Gunn, of an old Connecticut family. 
Children : Slierben, mentioned below ; Betsey ; 
David ; Chauncey, born in Cornwall, \'ermont. 
April 3, 181 1 : Bradford. 

(VII) Sherben, son of Cordial Jennings, 
was born in Ellington, Connecticut, about 1800. 
He married Sabrina Smith. Children, born in 
\'erniont or Xew York state : Cordial, men- 
tioned below : Clarinda, Ebenezer, Mary, 
Henry, Lucinda, William, David and Adelaide. 

(VIII) Cordial (2), son of Sherben Jen- 
nings, was born in V'ermont, about 1820. He 
went to New York state with his parents and 
located in the town of Venice, removing after- 
ward to Moravia, Xew York. He had a coiu- 
mon school education. He was a farmer, hotel 
keeper, and dealer in lumber and produce, an 
earnest, capable and well-to-do citizen. He 
retired from active business some five years 
before he died. He was a Congregationalist in 
religion. He was a Free Mason and a member 
of the Royal Arch Chapter. He married Irene 
Mellen, of Homer, New York, daughter of 
Jeremiah and Fannie (Alills) Mellen. Chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings: i. Clarence 
Mills, born July 27, 1856, in Venice, New- 
York, a coal and ice dealer in Cortland ; mar- 
ried Elizabeth J. Story and has a son, Frank 
S., bom May 17, 1889. 2. Frank Smith, men- 
tioned below. 

(IX) Dr. Frank Smith Jennings, son of 
Cordial (2) Jennings, was born February 16, 
1859, at Moravia, New York. He attended 
the public schools and graduated froiu the 
Moravia high school. He received his medical 
education at Syracuse University and the I'ni- 
versity of the City of New York, from which 
he was graduated with the degree of M. D., in 
the class of 1880. He began to practice medi- 
cine in Moravia, and after two years located 
at Dryden, New York, where he continued for 
a period of seventeen years. He came to Cort- 
land in 1900, and since then has been in gen- 
eral practice in that town. He is a meiuber of 
the town, county and state medical societies 
and of the American Medical Association. He 
was postmaster of Dryden during the Harrison 
administration. He is a member of Cortland- 
ville Lodge, No. 470, Free and Accepted 
Masons. He is one of the vestrymen of the 
Protestant Episcopal church. 

He married, in 1880. Mary Givens, of Dry- 
den, daughter of William R. and Nancy (La- 
mont) Givens (see Givens). They had one 

child, Laura, born June 6, 1884, died July 27, 
1905 ; married R. F. Smith, of Cortland ; child, 
Laura Jennings Smith, born July 27, 1905. 

(The Givens Line). 

( I ) Samuel Givens, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in Ireland, and brought up in England. 
He came to America with his father, when a 
young boy. His father's name is thought to 
have been Samuel. He fought in the war of 
the revolution in 1776, when only sixteen years 
of age, and his father was in the same war. 
He lived in Orange county. New York, where 
he married Jane King. He removed to Dry- 
den, Tompkins county, New York, in 1804. 
He had a large grant of land there from the 
state, and this was very likely given for serv- 
ices rendered in the revolutionary war. Chil- 
dren : Amos ; Charles, mentioned below ; Will- 
iam. Margaret, Letty, Sarah, Katie and Jane. 

(II) Colonel Charles Givens, son of Sam- 
uel ( iivens, was liorn in ( )raiige county, New 
York, and came to Dryden, New York, with 
his parents, when he was six years of age. He 
was colonel in the New York state militia, 
and was very prominent in the affairs of the 
town of Dryden, being supervisor, and holding 
other offices all his life, until he was obliged 
to decline the nominations offered him. He 
married Laura Kingsley. Children : Thomas ; 
William R., mentioned below; Edward, Lor- 
etta, Harrison, Charles and Laura. 

(III) William R., son of Colonel Charles 
Givens. was born in Dryden, Xew York, April 
13. 1821. He was educated in the common 
schools and at the old Ithaca .\cademy. .Mter 
leaving here he taught school for twelve years 
and worked on the farm summers. In 1862 
he bought the Fortner place of one hundred 
and fifty acres, and, in 1865, he bought the 
William Trapp property of fifty-eight acres, 
and a part of the Scofield property and the 
Allen property, all adjoining each other. In 
[idlitics he was a Republican, and held many 
offices in town, being a prominent and re- 
spected citizen. He was generous in support- 
ing school and church affairs, and was a con- 
scientious and well-to-do citizen. When twen- 
ty-seven years of age he married Nancy, daugh- 
ter of Archibald Lamont, of the Isle of Bute. 
Scotland. She was born in 1824, died May 18. 
1901. He died October 22, 1892. Children: 
.Archibald, Ella, Laura; Mary, married Dr. 
Frank Smith Jennings (see Jennings IX). 



Jacob Crutts ( formerly spelled 
CRUTTS Krutz) was one of the pioneers 

in Dryden, New York, in 1800, 
from Oxford, New Jersey. He had a son 

(II) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (i) Crutts, 
was born in Dryden, 1819, and died there. He 
was a miller by trade. He married Alary Ann 
Banfield, who died in 1892, aged eighty-one 
years. Children: i. Edwin, born January 31, 
1836, died in 191 1 ; had a common school edu- 
cation, and attended high school at Ithaca, 
under Professor S. D. Carr ; married Ellen, 
daughter of Solomon Whipple, of Barton, 
Tioga county. New York; in 1891 he inherited 
one hundred and seventy-five acres of his 
father's estate; in 1889 he bought the Henry 
Sayle's property in \'arna, which is a part of 
Dryden, and also owns, together with his 
brother, three other farms and village propert}-, 
and the Varna gristmills ; one of the largest 
farmers in the town ; children : Mrs. Alice L. 
Mix ; Emma L., married George Frisbie, and 
Ella P., married Myron English. 2. William 
B., mentioned below. 3. Merenus. 4. P.urt. 
deceased. 5. Emma, married Charles Whipple. 

(III) W'^illiam B., son of Jacob (2) Crutts, 
was born in Dryden, August zy, 1838. He had 
a common school education, and also attended 
the high school at Ithaca, under Professor S. 
D. Carr. He owned the Crutts homestead of 
one hundred and forty acres, which has been 
in the family since 1800. He owned other 
property, and was a farmer and miller by 
trade, running the Varna gristmills, in com- 
pany with his brother. He died May 20, 1891, 
mourned by a large number of friends, who 
well appreciated his high character and great 
ability. He married Olive Bryant, of Ithaca, 
born in 1849, daughter of Solomon and Abigail 
(Freeman) liryant. Children: i. Minnie, mar- 
ried Edwin S. Burr, of Dryden, and they have 
one child, .Abigail. 2. Cora. 3. Fred, married Ella 
Wescott, and have Pauline ; lives on homestead 
in Dryden. 4. Lewis Solomon, mentioned below. 
5. Carrie, married Burt Miller, of Dryden, has 
one son, DeWitt. 6. Jacob, a miller in X'arna, 
married Mary Emhart. 

(IV) Lewis Solomon, son of William B. 
Crutts, was born in Dryden, May 13, 1870. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town, and during his boyhood worked 
on his father's farm there, and in the mill. He 
and his brother succeeded to the ownership of 
the mill of their father and thev continued in 

the milling business until 1897. From that 
time to 1905 Mr. Crutts conducted a mill at 
Varna, New York. During the next two years 
he was engaged in farming. He came to Cort- 
land in 1907, and since then has been in the 
milling business there, and a dealer in flour, 
feed, grain and hay, farm implements, etc. He 
occu])ies a leading position among the mer- 
chants of this section. He is a member of the 
Alethodist Episcopal church. 

He married, November 7. 1895, Carrie M., 
daughter of Ernest and Ida (Nixon) Snyder 
(see Snyder V). Mr. and Mrs. Crutts have 
no children. They reside in an attractive home 
at Cortland. 

(The Snyder Line). 

(I) Christopher Snyder, immigrant ances- 
tor, came to America in 1746-47, and settled 
in Oxford, New Jersey. In the spring of 1801, 
he came from New Jersey, with his son Peter, 
to the town of Dryden. and purchased lot 43 
of W'illiam (joodwin. In the fall of 1802 he 
moved his family there, coming in a party of 
thirty-two persons, on a journey which was 
full of happenings and lasted eighteen days. 
The eastern half of the lot fell to him, and 
the western to Peter. He had a son Peter, 
and a daughter who married George Dart. 

(II) Peter, son of Christopher Snyder, was 
born in Oxford, New Jersey, December 26, 
1752, died July 23, 1832. He was a soldier in 
the revolutionary army, enlisting in New Jer- 
sey, and his flintlock musket was brought home 
and remained in the family until recently, 
when it was sold at a vendue. In 1801 he 
came from New Jersey with his father, and 
purchased the lot of \\'illiam Goodwin. In 
choosing he had the western half of this lot, 
and, in the fall of 1802, he moved with his 
family and household goods in two wagons to 
their new home. His sons, William, Jolin and 
Abraham, drove twenty-five cows the whole 
distance. Before the moving he, with the other 
men, had chopped the timber on six acres, and 
in the fall had cleared the land and sowed it 
with wheat, before they returned to New Jer- 
sey. He later puichased the whole of lot 42, 
six hundred and forty acres, and of this he gave 
one hundred and six acres to each of his sons 
and fifty-three to each of his daughters. .Among 
the party of thirty-two to move to Dryden 
were Jacob Crutts and wife, Henry Naile, wife 
and child, and Christopher Snyder with his 
family. Peter Snyder married Mary Shane, 
in 177''). The children mentioned are: Henry. 



mentioned below ; William, John, ami Abra- 

( III ) Henry, son of Peter Snyder, was born 
May 2, 1781, died in Dryden, August 29. 1870. 
He came with his father in 1 80 1, and helped 
to clear the land before the family moved to 
Dryden. He received one hundred and six 
acres of land from his father, when it was 
given to the children. He married Mary Teeter, 
who died aged ninety-two years. He had a 
son Peter T., mentioned below. 

(I\') Peter T., son of Henry Snyder, was 
born May 6, 1808, in Dryden, died May I, 
1874. He was a farmer. He married Ann 
Maria Lason, born July 5, 1810, died April 
19, 1891. He had a son F.rnest, mentioned 

(V) Ernest, son of Peter T. Snyder, was 
born in Dryden, March 2, 1844. He had a 
common school education, and is a self-edu- 
cated and self-made man. His first business 
enterprise was started in Cortland, New York, 
anfl was a meat business, which he conduct- 
ed until his father's death. In 1878 he bought 
the homestead and his father's estate, which 
consisted of eighty-six acres, and has been in 
the family since iSoi. He is a man of influ- 
ence in the town and takes an active interest 
in school matters. He is a man highly re- 
spected for his fine character. At the age of 
twenty- four, he married (first) Ida, born De- 
cember 14, 1849, died April 21, 1885, daughter 
of \\'illiam and Priscilla (Chadwick) Nixon. 
In 1890 he marrieil (second) Olive, daughter 
of Jacob Seaman. Children by first wife: i. 
Carrie I\I., married Lewis Solomon Crutts (see 
Crutts IV). 2. Eva AI., married Leroy Sny- 
der, of Cortland, New York. 3. Ina P>., mar- 
ried Archibald Davenport, of Ithaca, New- 
York, and has three children : Gwendolyn, 
Doris. Kermit E. 

The name of Benson, or as it was 
BENSON originally spelled, Bensingh, is 
supposed to have been Swed- 
ish. The first family of the name in America 
was largely identified with the history and 
landed interests of the town of Harlem, now 
a part of New York City. 

Dirck Benson, the immigrant ancestor, came 
from Groningen, Holland, and had lived also at 
Amsterdam, where he married Catalina, daugh- 
ter of Samson Berck and Tryntie van Rech- 
teren. He came to tliis country about 1648, 
and settled first in New Amsterdam. Here he 

bought a house and lot near the fort, August 
27,. 1649, and the following year, one on Broad- 
wav. On June 29, 1654, at his desire, the 
director and council allowed him "to leave this 
place to promote his own affairs." He went 
to F"ort Orange, where he built, U])on a lot 
which had been granted him, CJctober 23, 1653. 
He was a carpenter by tra<le and proved him- 
self a worthy and industrious citizen. He 
worked (in the new church built in 1656, and, 
in 1658, loaned the deacons one hundred 
guilders. He died February 12, 1659, three 
years later, his widow marrying Harman 
Tomasz Hun. Children: Dirck, born 1650; 
Samson, mentioned below; Johannes, 1655; 
Catrina. 1657; ]\Iaria, 1659. 

(II) Samson, son of Dirck Benson, was 
born in 1652, and married (first) Tryntie van 
Deusen, sister to the wife of John van Deu- 
scn, who was the mother <>i all his children 
but line. He married (second) (irietie, daugh- 
ter of Abraham Kermer, and widow of Cap- 
tain (acob van Tilburg. Picnson was her third 
husband and survived her. lie was a potter 
by trade and was known as the "pottebacker." 
His pottery has not been located, but he owned 
a house and lot on Smith, now William street, 
below Maiden Lane. He died June 2, 1730. 
Children: Catalina, born 1675, died 1706; 
Derick, 1677 ; Teuwes or Matthew, mentioned 
below: Harman, 1681 ; Samson, 1684; Robert, 
1686: William, 1687; Elizabeth, 1689; Johan- 
nes, 1692: Helena, 1694; Maria, 1696; Hen- 
ricus, 1698. Child of second wife: Catalina, 
1 707. 

( HI ) Matthew, son of Samson (i ) Benson, 
was born in 1679, and died in 1721. He mar- 
ried, 1706, Catrina, daughter of Jonathan Pro- 
vost. He was a mason by trade. Children : 
Samson, mentioned below : Catharine, born 
i7ifS; Catalina, 1719. 

(I\') Samson (2), son of Matthew Ben- 
son, was born 1713, and married, 1735, Jan- 
netie Arment. Children: Matthew, born 1741 ; 
lonathan, mentioned below ; Lucas, 1746 ; Cor- 
nelius, 1748. 

{ \' ) Jonathan, son of Samson (2) Benson, 
was born in 1744, and appears to have been 
the Jonathan who settled in Montgomery coun- 
ty. According to the census of 1790 he had 
two sons under sixteen and seven females in 
his family. 

( \T ) Zacheus, son of Jonathan Benson, it 
is believed, settled in Oneida county. New 
York. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. 



His wife Polly died in 1817. They had sons: 
Francis, mentioned below, and Gideon, and 
perhaps other children. 

(VII) Francis, son of Zacheus Benson, was 
born in Oneida county, New York, in 1806, 
and died in 1887, at the age of eighty-one 
years. He followed farming all his active life, 
mostly in Rroome county, New York. He 
married Sally M. Lovejoy and they had one 
son, James Herbert, mentioned below. 

(VTII) Dr. James Herbert Benson, son of 
Francis Benson, was born in Broome county. 
New York, May 16, 1848. In his youth he 
worked on his father's farm and attended the 
district school. He received his medical edu- 
cation in the eclectic colleges of New York 
and Chicago, and began to practice in Otsego 
county, New York. After fifteen years there 
he came to Delaware county, where he prac- 
ticed two years, and then went to Illinois, 
where he practiced for the next seven years. 
Returning to his native state in 1901, he locat- 
ed at Cortland, New York, where he has since 
practiced. Dr. Benson is a member of Orient 
Lodge of Free Masons, of Delaware county. 

He married, in 1870, Delia A. Heath, of 
Windsor, Broome county. New York, daugh- 
ter of Sylvester Heath. Children: i. Lila J., 
married Edward J. Dickson, of Delaware 
county, New York, private secretary of Dr. 
Cameron in the agricultural department, Wash- 
ington, D. C. 2. Orton, born January 15, 1872, 
a tobacco dealer at Springfield, Massachusetts ; 
married Lena Irish, of Otsego county. New 
York, and had Clarence and Woodruff. 3. 
Bessie E., married John Tyler Betts, a marble 
and granite dealer, at Cortland, New York. 

The origin of this name is 
ECiGLESTON remote and some clue to 
its beginning may be found 
in the spelling Eaglestonc, as sometimes found 
in early records. It also appears as Eglestone, 
Egleston, and in various other forms. Previ- 
ous to the revolution in the New England rec- 
ords it appears Egleston, and after the revolu- 
tion the second "g" is added. It has been 
long cons].)icui)us in the j)rofessions in New 
England and New York, as well as many 
other states, and has contributed many worthy 
citizens in all sections of the country. 

The immigrant ancestor of those bearing the 
name in this country was born about 1590, in 
England, and came to Dorchester, Massachu- 
setts, in the ship "Mary and John," in iTi^o. 

His name appears with a great variety of spell- 
ings, such as Begat, Bagget, Beget and Bigod. 
The form usually accepted is the first above 
given. He was made a freeman at Dorchester 
in 1631, and was one of the original members 
of Mr. Warham's church, which removed from 
Dorchester to Windsor, Connecticut, in 1635. 
He died there September i, 1674, "ner 100 yer 
ould." It is evident that the recorder of his 
death had no definite means of ascertaining 
the age. In court at Hartford, in 1645, Begat 
Egleston testified that he was fifty-five years 
of age. His first wife, Mary, died December 
8, 1C157. and he married (second) Alary Tal- 
cott, of Hartford, who survived him. She 
contributed four shillings in cloth for the re- 
lief of the poor in other colonies in 1676. Chil- 
dren, all born of the first wife: James and 
Samuel (twins), born in England; Thomas, 
Mary, Sarah, Rebecca, Abigail, Joseph and 

(II) James, son of Begat and Mary Egles- 
ton, was born in England, about 1620, was a 
freeman at Windsor, in 1637, and died Decem- 
ber I, 1679, in that town. He was a soldier 
and participated in the Pequot fight for which 
he received a grant of fifty acres of land in 
1671. About 1648 he acquired by purchase his 
first ]Mece of land in Windsor, formerly the 
property of Samuel .\llen, being the first south 
of Broad street, and the road running east of 
it. In 1676 he contributed one shilling one 
pence for the relief of the poor in other 

His death occurred at the early age of fifty- 
nine years, after a very short illness, and he 
made no will. His children at that time were all 
minors. He left considerable land which was 
divided among his sons by mutual agreement, 
August 28, 1701. He married Esther, or Hes- 
ter, sister of Roger Williams, of Windsor, who 
was early at Dorchester and returned to that 
town in 1647, or earlier. She was said to 
have been the first white female child born in 
Hartford. She died July 10, 1720. Children: 
James, John : Thomas, mentioned below ; Hes- 
ter, Nath.'uiiel, Isaac, .Abigail, Deborah and 

(III) Thumas, third son of James and Hes- 
ter (Williams) I'lgleston, was born July 27, 
t66i, in Windsor, where he died April 6, 1732. 
He was a farmer in that town, probably on the 
lot north of St. Cabriel's Church, and his estate 
was valued at three hundred and eighty-seven 
jiounds nine '>hillings four pence. He married 



'Grace Hoskins, born July 28, 1666, in Wind- 
sor, died March 27, 1739, daughter of Anthony 
and Isabel (Brown) Hoskins, of Windsor, 
granddaughter of John Hoskins, who came to 
Dorchester from England in 1630. Children: 
Thomas, Grace. Mary, Hannah : Jedediah, 
mentioned below ; Isabel ; Deborah, Mary, 
Mindwell, Joseph, Ephraim and Hester. 

(I\') Jedediah, second son of Thomas and 
Grace (Hoskins) Egleston, was born June 11. 
1696, in Windsor, where he was a farmer, and 
died July 15, 1766. The inventory of his estate 
was made January 6, 1767, and it was admin- 
istered by his son Thomas. He married Sarah 
Moore, born September 12, 1704, daughter of 
John (3) and Abigail (Strong) Aloore, grand- 
daughter of John (2), who was a son of Dea- 
con John ( I ) Moore, the last named a son of 
Thomas Moore, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
Children: Sarah, Lydia, Grace (died young), 
Isabel, Jedediah, Thomas (died young), Lois, 
Grace. Thomas and Elijah. 

( Y ) Thomas ( 2 ) Egleston. third son of 
Jedediah and Sarah ( Aloore ) Egleston, was 
born September 26, 174(1, in Windsor, and was 
a noted fisherman. \Yith his sons he owned 
the best fishing place on the Connecticut river, 
north of Middletown. This was situated on 
the Deerfield lot, four miles north of the state 
house, and is still known as "Thomas Egles- 
ton's Fishing Place." In 1859 this was owned 
by the heirs of Timothy Mills. Opposite, on 
the west side of the street, stands a brick build- 
ing, erected in 1760, the bricks said to have 
been made by Thomas Egleston. He was a 
revolutionary soldier, enlisting June 24, 1776. 
in Captain Job Couch's company. Colonel Philip 
Burr Bradley's regiment. This body was sta- 
tioned during the summer and early fall, of 
that year, at Bergen Heights and Paulus Hook, 
now Jersey City. In November it was trans- 
ferred across the river to the defence of Fort 
Washington, where, with hundreds of others. 
Thomas Egleston was captured by the British 
forces, November 16. of that year. He mar- 
ried (first), February 13, 1766, Rebecca, daugh- 
ter of Samuel and Rebecca Drake, born Janu- 
ary 24, baptized February 2, 1745, and died 
1775. He married (second). February 26, 
1778, Ann Clark. Children, born of the first 
wife, and baptized at Windsor : Sarah. Rebecca, 
Jedediah. Elijah. Francis. EHhu, Joseph (men- 
tioned below), Henry, George and Ann. 

( VI) Joseph Eggleston. fifth son of Thomas 
(2) and Rebecca VOrake) Egleston, was bap- 

tized August I 1. 1782, at the W intlsor church, 
and removed to Sherburne, Chenango county. 
New York, about 1808. Some fourteen 
vears later, he settled in the town nf Cnrt- 
iandville, Cortland county. New York, where 
he was a farmer, and died. He married. 
October 14. 1802, Harriet Goodrich, of Cole- 
brook. Connecticut, who died in Cortland- 
ville, 1850. Children: 1. Joseph Francis, bap- 
tized at Windsor, July 3. 1803. 2. Ann. died 
voung. 3. Fanny, baptized July 5, 1807, in 
Windsor; died in i8fi2, in Cortland. 4. Hiram, 
resided in Alden. New York, where he died 
childless. 5. Asahel G., mentioned below. 6. 
George. 7. Julia, married Cortland Corwin, 
of Cortland, and had two daughters. 8. Emily, 
died young. 9. Delia, married George Ban- 
croft, resided in Whitewater. Wisconsin, and 
had three children. 

(VII) Asahel G.. third son of Joseph and 
Harriet (Goodrich) Eggleston. was born in 
1810, in Sherburne; died June 23, 1897. He 
was about twelve years of age when his par- 
ents removed to Cortlandville. He always fol- 
lowed farming in Cortland county. New York ; 
he had a large farm, and was active up to the 
time of his death. He held various town and 
village offices. He was a Presbyterian. He 
married, July 7. 1842, Louise Kenney, born in 
Hartford, Connecticut, in 1814, died July i, 
1897. daughter of Jabez Kenney. Children: 
Antoinette, deceased ; Josei)h Emmett. men- 
tioned below. 

(\TII) Joseph Emmett. only son of Asahel 
G. and Louise (Kenney) Eggleston. was born 
in Cortland. New York, November I. 1847. 
He received his education in the academy and 
State Normal School, of Cortland, New York ; 
studied law in the office of Waters & Waters, 
in Cortland ; admitted to New York state bar 
in 1875. and to United States courts in 1881. 
He practiced law for a time in company with 
Mr. Waters, under firm name of Waters & 
Eggleston, and later was alone in practice. In 
1889 he was elected county judge and surro- 
gate of Cortland county. New York, which 
office he has held ever since. He is a director 
in the Second National Bank, of Cortland, and 
trustee of the State Firemen's Home Associa- 
tion. He is a member of Cortlandville Lodge. 
Free and Accepted Masons. 

He married, September 2, 1874. Alta B.. 
daughter of Rensselaer R. and Olive Moore, 
of Cincinnatus. New York. They have one 
daughter, Aria, a graduate of the State Normal 



School, at Cortland, also of the National Park 
Seminary, Washington, D. C, and she took a 
course at the Currie Oratory School, of Bos- 
ton, Massachusetts, and is now a teacher. 

Dr. Johannes Mounies de 

MONTANYE la Montanye was born in 
OR Saintonge, France, i S95. He 

MANTANYE married Rachel Deforest, 
sister of Jesse De Forest, 
at Leyden, December 12, 1626. He came to 
Harlem in 1637, took up Montanye Flats, was 
secretary of the Flarlem Colony, and later was 
in command at Fort Orange (now Albany), 
as vice-director, until i(/')4, when possession 
was taken by the British. He died in Holland, 
in 1670, having gone there with Governor Stuy- 
vesant, after the British occupation of New 

(H) Jan (or John), son of Dr. Johannes 
Mounies de la Montanye, came to Harlem soon 
after his father, and entered business with \'in- 
cent Pikes. He returned to Holland and mar- 
ried Peternella Pikes there, about 1654. Re- 
turned to New York in 1655, ^^d soon after 
settled in Harlem and took up Montanye Point ; 
was secretary and teacher at Harlem until his 
death, in 1672. His first wife died and he 
married (second) Maria Vermilye, June 10, 

(IH) \'incent, son of Jan or John Mon- 
tanye, was born in Harlem, New York, 1657. 
He married, March 5, 1684, Adriana, daughter 
of Jan Thomas Aken. He was living in 1713, 
but died soon after. 

(IV) Thomas, son of Vincent Montanye, 
born 1691, was shopkeeper in New York; lived 
and died in Prince street. New York ; his death 
occurring October 12, 1761. He married, No- 
vember 25. 1718, Rebecca Bruyn ; she survived 
him; they had fifteen children. 

(V) John T., son of Tliomas Montanye, 
was born 1743 : lived in New York on the 
breaking out of the war of the revolution. He 
married Mary Blain. 

(VI) Peter, son of John T. Montanye, later 
called also Mintonye, born in New York, in 
1775, with brothers, Isaac and Jacob, came to 
Western New York. Peter settled in Dryden, 
but later in Sempronius, New York, and died 
there, in 1856. He married . 

(VII) William, youngest son of Peter Mon- 
tanye, was born in Dryden, New York, May 
24, 1808; died in Florida, in 1880. His edu- 
cation was received in common schools ; he 

learned the carriage maker's trade in Dryden, 
New York, and carried on wagon making, and 
later was a merchant in Freetown. New York, 
up to 1865, when he removed to Cortland, New 
York. He was supervisor at Freetown during 
the war, and for some years previous was a 
member of county board of supervisors. Dur- 
ing the war he was active in enlisting men for 
the service and keeping up supplies for them. 
He married Betsey Fuller, daughter of Eleazer 
haulier, of Freetown, a descendant of the Fullers 
who came to Plymouth in the "Mayflower." 
Here the name began to be "Mantanye." Chil- 
dren : I. Cornelia, married J. H. Delavan, she 
died .August, 1907. 2. William Jameson, see 
forward. 3. .Austin F., living at present time. 
(VIII) William Jameson, son of \\'illiam 
Mantanye, was born at Freetown. Cortland 
county. New York, October 17, 1843. He 
remained at Freetown until the civil war. He 
attended the district school, and after he was 
twelve years old worked on a farm every 
summer. As a student he was cjuick to learn, 
and he was a great reader. In the fall of 1859, 
and again in i860, he attended the Homer 
Academy, then one of the most famous schools 
in the state. In the winter of 1860-61 he 
taught school in the lumbering district, on the 
north fork of the Cowanesque, near Westfield, 
Tioga county, Pennsylvania, where a brother 
uf his father resided, returning to farm work 
in the spring, intending to resume study at 
Homer the following autumn. Rut the civil 
war broke out that spring, and, after the dis- 
aster at Bull Run and on the call for three 
years troops, he enlisted in Company D, Sev- 
enty-sixth New York Infantry, at the age of 
seventeen, and served through the war at the 
front in the .Army of the Potomac. He was 
wounded at second Bull Run, .August 29, 1862. 
but not seriously, and returned to his regiment 
next day. .At Gettysburg he was taken pris- 
oner, July I, 1863, and paroled on the field July 
4, but as the government held the parole to be 
illegal he soon after returned to his company 
without exchange. In the fall of 1863 he was 
called to Washington to take a commission in 
the First Regiment of the Cnitcd States Color- 
ed Troops, then being organized, but conclud- 
ing he was not suited for the position, being 
then only nineteen years of age. he declined it 
and returned to his company. In January, 1864, 
he reenlisted as a veteran volunteer in his old 
company, and, in October, 1864, on the expira- 
tion of the term of the regiment, he was trans- 



ferred to the One Hundred and Forty-seventh 
New York, thence to the Ninety-first New 
York, from which he was discharged, July 3, 
1865, by reason of the close of the war. Thus 
he served nearly four years, first in the I-'irst 
Army Corps, under Reynolds and I^oubleday, 
until that corps was destroyed at Gettysburg, 
where the Seventy-si.xth New York, leading 
the Corps, opened the battle with tlie I^'irst 
Infantry fire. After that he served in the Fifth 
Corps, of which the remnant of the old First 
Corps formed the Third Division, and he was 
present at the surrender of Lee, .\pril 9, 1865. 
During his army service, and particularly while 
in winter quarters, Mr. Mantanye continued 
his study and reading, and he also kept a diary 
which has since been used by writers on army 
life. On his return from the army, in 1865. 
Mr. Mantanye came to Cortland, his father 
having that year removed to Cortland. He 
entered on the study of law with Hon. Arthur 
Holmes, then one of the leading lawyers of 
the county. In May, 1867, he was admitted to 
the bar at Binghamton, and soon after com- 
menced the practice of law. which he has ever 
since continued. Before his admission he had 
committed the code of procedure to memory, 
and he has always been an authority on prac- 
tice, frequently consulted by other lawyers. In 
May, 1869, he removed to Marathon and open- 
ed an office, continuing practice there until 
1888, when he removed to Cortland, which has 
since been his residence. 

Mr. Mantanye has been a prominent Repub- 
lican all his life, casting his first vote for Lin- 
coln, in 1864, at the age of twenty-one, send- 
ing it from the front. He supported Horace 
Greeley, in 1872, as a Republican and one of 
the founders of the party, still holding to that 
party, and refusing to pass over to the opposite 
side, as so many did. His father was of the 
"Free Soil" party that supported Birney, in 
1848, and John P. Hale, in 1852, and which, by 
the accession of W'higs in 1854-55, became the 
Republican party. In the first Republican cam- 
paign, in 1856, though only thirteen years of 
age, he was a leader in a band of boys at Free- 
town, organized into a "Fremont and Dayton" 
marching club, having a liberty pole and flag 
of its own in front of his father's wagon works. 
The flag is still retained as an interesting relic. 
After the war he was active in the party, fre- 
quently a delegate to state conventions, and a 
member of the Republican county committee. 

and a popular leader. In 1882-83 he was a 
member of the Republican state committee 
from the Onondaga, Cortland district, and of 
the executive committee of the state organiza- 
tion. He was never a seeker for office for 
himself, and never was a candidate until 1893, 
when, without any previous canvass, he was 
nominated as a delegate to the constitutional 
convention of 1894, from the twenty-fifth sen- 
ate district, then composed of Cortland, Broome, 
Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties, and 
was elected. In that convention he was promi- 
nent as a speaker and worker, and was a mem- 
ber of the important committee on powers and 
duties of the legislature, and on county and 
town officers. He introduced some amend- 
ments which were adopted and two that were 
not finally adopted, but eventually will be a 
part of the organic law. One of these was to 
make the term of office of governor and lieu- 
tenant-governor four years, and make them 
ineligible to election for the next succee<ling 
term. This was at first agreed to in committee, 
but later on was defeated. The other was a 
provision for biennial sessions of the legis- 
lature — No. 83 on the file. It was at first 
adopted by the committee, as appears by con- 
vention document No. 22, but later a rally of 
the politicians caused its defeat. In 1897 it 
was, on the suggestion of Governor Black, in- 
troduced in the legislature and passed, but 
failed in the legislature of i8g8. Fie also advo- 
cated the amendment as to employment of 
convicts in penal institutions, forbi<lding their 
labor being sold out to contractors, and it was 
adopted. In June, 1895, ^^^'- Mantanye was 
appointed, by Governor Morton, as a member 
of the state commission of prisons, created by 
the constitution of 1894. with jurisdiction over 
all penal institutions, and having the duty of 
reporting a svstem for the employment of con- 
victs under the revised constitution. Mr. Man- 
tanye was at once elected vice-president of the 
commission, and reelectefl in 1896. As he was 
the only member who had given the subject 
previous study he was made chairman of the 
committee on annual report to formulate the 
new system. This he did in such a careful and 
reasonable way that the report was adopted by 
the commission and handed to the legislature 
of 1896. He was tiien put upon the committee 
on legislation, and had charge of the drafting' 
and introduction of the proposed laws in ac- 
cordance with the report. These laws chang- 



ing the prison labor system, with some amend- 
ments to the county law and penal code, were 
explained to the legislature by Mr. Mantanye 
and were enacted. By these laws the taking of 
convicts from without the state by peniten- 
tiaries to board was ended and the different 
institutions were relegated to their original pur- 
poses by requiring felons to be sent to the 
reformatory and state prisons, and misdemean- 
ants to the jails, penitentiaries and houses of 
refuge. The labor of convicts is also to be 
utilized in producing supplies for the public 
institutions, so that the state has the full value 
of the labor in reduction of taxation, instead 
of selling it out to syndicates for small prices 
and thus enabling them to carry on a ruinous 
competition with industries of free labor. The 
system has proved successful, and is being 
adopted in other states. Great improvement 
was made in jails, penitentiaries and other 
prisons. The prisoners were classified and 
graded as required by the law of i88g, with a 
view of introilucing the reformatory system in 
the state prisons, which makes good citizens of 
law breakers, instead of putting them into a 
permanent criminal class, as under the old sys- 
tem. Mr. Mantanye continued as chairman of 
the committee on annual report of the com- 
mission, and drew the report for 189S, pre- 
sented to the legislature of 1899. It was an 
interesting document, giving a retrospect of 
the conditions existing when the commission 
was appointed and of the many improvements 
and economies since inaugurated and carried 
on at the instance of the commission. To Mr. 
Mantanye. more than to any other one person, is 
owing the great reforms put in successful oper- 
ation in the prison system of the state, and 
which are being copied in other states and 
countries. Yet he is modest and unassuming, 
claiming no special credit or honor for himself, 
but giving it all to the commission. 

Since 1901. when he retired from the com- 
mission of prisons, he has devoted his time to 
his law practice, which is large, particularly in 
caring for and settling estates. While often 
consulted in jiarty matters and having large 
influence he has retired from more active polit- 
ical work, feeling that forty years of activity 
has earned for liim a rest. Mr. Mantanye is a 
member of the Tioughnioga Club; secretary of 
the Association of the Seventy-sixth Regiment. 
New York Volunteers, and was the first colonel 
of the Cortland Encampment of the ITnion 
\'ctcran Legion, of which he is still a member, 

and a member of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public, Grover Post, No. 98, Cortland, New 

Thomas Sherwood, immi- 

SHERWOOD grant ancestor, was born 
in Ipswich, Suffolk county, 
England, in 1593; died in October, 1655, at 
Fairfield, Connecticut. He came to Boston in 
the ship "Frances," in 1634, giving his age as 
forty-eight, and accompanied by his wife Alice, 
aged forty-seven, and children : Ann, aged four- 
teen ; Rose, aged eleven ; Thomas, ten ; Re- 
becca, nine. They resided for several years in 
Massachusetts, but settled in Fairfield as early 
as 1645, and owneil land there before 1650. 
In his will, dated July 21, 1655, he mentions 
all his children. He married (first) Alice Sea- 
brook, (second) Mary Fitch. Children: Ann, 
born 1620; Rose, 1623; Thomas, 1624; Re- 
becca, 1625 ; Stephen ; Matthew, 1633 ; Tam- 
sen : Margery; Ruth; Abigail; Mary; Isaac. 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Sher- 
wood, was born in England, in 1623-24. and 
came with his parents in 1634. He went from 
Boston to ^\'ethersfield, and thence to Fair- 
field, where he settled. He was admitted a 
freeman, at Hartford, October 13, 1664. He 
was the first miller on Mill Run, Fairfield. He 
married (first) Sarah Wheeler, who died be- 
fore August 21, 1669, daughter of Thomas 
and Ann Wheeler. He married (second) Ann, 
daughter of Benjamin and Mary Turney. He 
married (third) Elizabeth, widow of John 
Cable Jr. He married (fourth) Sarah Coley, 
widow of Peter Coley, and daughter of Humph- 
rey Hyde. Children of first wife; Thomas, 
born 1654, of Eastchester, New York; Sarah, 
married John Whitlock. Children of second 
wife: Mary, married David Whitlock; Benja- 
min; Samuel: Ruth; Hannah; Abigail. Chil- 
dren of third wife: Isaac, mentioned below; 
Phebe, married Samuel Bradley. 

(HI) Isaac, son of Thomas (2) Sherwood, 
was born in Fairfield, died in 1748. He settled 
in Norwalk, Connecticut, as early as 1690. He 
married Mary . Children: Isaac, men- 
tioned below ; Rebecca, Elizabeth and John. 

(IV) Isaac (2), son of Isaac (t ) Sherwood, 
was born about 1720, or earlier, in Norwalk. 
He married Alary Hayes. 1 lis three sons. Jon- 
athan, Isaac and Samuel, settled in Williams- 
town, Massachusetts. Some of the sons of 
Samuel and Isaac were soldiers in the revolu- 
tion, lonathan Jr., evidently called thus to 



distinguish him from his uncle Jonathan, men- 
tioned below, died at Williamstown, August 7, 
1825, in his sixty-ninth year, and his wife 
Martha died there, September 24, 1824, in her 
sixty-second year ; their gravestones are stand- 
ing; also the gravestone of their daughter 
Anne, who died October 19, 1813, in her twen- 
ty-seventh year. Stephen. Timothy and Sam- 
uel were soldiers in the revolution from 
Williamstown, grandsons of Isaac and Mary 
(Hayes) Sherwood. Another grandson, James, 
married, June i, 1789, at Williamstown, Hul- 
dah Stratton, and the marriages of four grand- 
daughters are recorded : Mary 3d, married, at 
Williamstown, February 25, 1785, John Mc- 
Nichols; Polly, married, March 22, 1789. Iz- 
bund Gregory ; Betty Sherwood, married, De- 
cember 14, 1786, Thomas Fowler ; Rhoda Sher- 
wood, married, November 22, 1787, at Pownal, 
\'ermont. Stephen Pratt. In 1790, according 
to the first federal census, the following sons 
and grandsons were of Williamstown : James 
Sherwood, with two males over sixteen, one 
male under sixteen and three females ; Jona- 
than, two males over sixteen, two under, two 
females : Jonathan Jr., one over sixteen, one 
under and three females ; Stephen, two males 
over sixteen and seven females ; Samuel, one 
over sixteen, one under and two females. Tim- 
othy, of the adjoining town of West Stock- 
bridge, and Benjamin, of New Ashford, also 
having families at the time of the census, were 
doubtless of this family. Children: Isaac, born 
1742, died at Williamstown, August 19, 1814, 
wife Mary died October 2, 1808, aged seventy- 
one: Jonathan, mentioned below ; Samuel, died 
at \\'illiamstown, April 12, 1801, aged sixty- 
two. Probably others. 

(V) Jonathan, son of Isaac (2) Sherwood, 
was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, in June, 
1746. He settled before the revolution at 
Williamstown, Massachusetts. Jonathan was 
a soldier in the revolution, a private in Cap- 
tain Samuel Clark's company, Colcjnel Benja- 
min Simond's regiment, of Berkshire county, 
and tooiv part in the battle near Bennington, 
Vermont, Au?ust 16, 1777, and was engaged in 
conveying prisoners to Pittsfield, Massachu- 
setts. He was corporal of the same company 
and regiment, September 7 to 30, marching to 
Pawlet, Vermont, by order of Major-General 
Lincohi. He removed from \Mlliamstown, in 
1798, to Fairfield. Herkimer county. New 
York. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob 
and Sally (Bradley) Leach. Her father was 

descended from Lawrence Leach, born 1589,. 
surgeon to Edward III., of England. Jona- 
than Sherwood died January 17, 1799. 

(\T) Henry, son of Jonathan Sherwood, 
was born in Williamstown, May 16, 1777; died 
July 8, 1831. He was a farmer in Fairfield, 
New York. He married Abigail Evans. Chil- 
dren, born at Fairfield, New York: Henry J., 
mentioned below ; Gaylord N. and Elizabeth. 

(\TI) Henry J., son of Henry Sherwood, 
was born in Fairfield, New York, November 
II, 1817; died February 9, 1866, in Memphis, 
New York. He was a general merchant at 
Memphis and Elbridge, New York. He mar- 
ried, August 10, 1 841, Ann Benham, born in 
Cohocton, Steuben county. New York, July 6, 
1820, died August 14, 1883. Children: (iay- 
lord : Isabel ; James D., lives in Cortland, mar- 
ried Anna Rice, and has a daughter, Sarah 
Emily : Silas William, mentioned below. 

( VIII ) Silas William, son of Henry J. Sher- 
wood, was born in ^lemjihis. New York, Sep- 
tember 27, 1859. He received a common school 
education, and was for a time in the wholesale 
boot and shoe business in Syracuse, New York. 
He came to Cortland, New York, in 1878, and 
engaged in the retail grocery business, in part- 
nership with his brother James D., under the 
firm name of Sherwood Brothers. They car- 
ried on this business for ten years, when he 
retired from' the firm and accepted a position 
in the business office of H. F. Benton, who 
conducted a lumber business. When the H. F. 
Benton Lumber Company was incorporated, 
in 1899, he was elected treasurer of tlie com- 
pany, and has held that office since. He is 
active in public aiTairs in Cortland, and is presi- 
dent of the board of trade. He is a member of 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 
He married, August 22, 1883, Jeannette Cleve- 
land, daughter of Henry F. and Caroline Lu- 
cretia (Putnam) Benton (see Benton VIII). 
Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood have no children. 

(The Benton Line). 

(I) John Benton was of the parish of Epp- 
ing, county Essex, England, and was married 
there. May 25, 1618, to Mary Southernwood. 
He was probably the son of Andrew and Maria 
Benton. Children : Andrew, baptized October 
15, 1620, mentioned below: Thomas, baptized 
August 25, 1622; Marie, baptized June 29, 
1625: Elizabeth, baptized August 31, 1628," 
John, baptized March 10, 1639. 

(II) Andrew Benton, immigrant ancestor. 

I lO 


was the son of John Benton, of Epping, coun- 
ty Essex, England, and was baptized at Epping, 
October 15, 1620. In tlie apportionment of 
land at Miiford, Connecticut, in November, 
1639, he was allotted parcel No. 64. It con- 
tained three acres, and was situated on the 
west side of Half Mile Brook. To this there 
was afterwards added several other parcels of 
land. He married (first), about 1649, Han- 
nah, daughter of George Stocking, of Hart- 
ford, a first settler there, in 1636. They united 
with the church in Miiford, he on March 5, 
1648, and she on October 13, 1650, and were 
dismissed to Hartford, March, 1666. They 
had removed to the latter town as early as 
1662. She died about 1672, and he married 
(second), probably in 1673, Anne, daughter of 
John Cole, "a godly man of some public trust." 
She was the "bewitched maid" on whose ac- 
count, chiefly, Nathaniel Greensmith and his 
wife were hanged for witchcraft, on January 
-5- 1663. Goffe, the regicide, who was then 
in hiding at Miiford, writes in his diary, Feb- 
ruary 24, that after the hanging "the maid 
was well," and Cotton Mather's "Magnalia," 
in 1684, says of her, that "she is restored to 
health, united with the church, and living in 
good repute." She died April 19, 1685. 

Andrew Benton held various public offices 
in Hartford; fence viewer in 1663-64, juror 
in 1664-67, freeman in May, 1665, antl sup- 
pressor of "disorders during public worship" 
and collector of minister's rates in 1667. In 
February, 1670, he separated to the Second 
Church, with his wife, daughter Hannah, and 
his fathers-in-law. Stocking and Cole. He died 
July 31, 1683, and was buried in Center Church 
cemetery, where his gravestone may still be 
seen. Children, all e.xcept the youngest born 
in Milfortl: John, April 9, 1650, died May 24, 
1650; Hannah, baptized November 23, 1651 ; 
Andrew, baptized August 12, 1653; Mary, 
April 14, 1655; John, October 7, 1656: Sam- 
uel, August 15, 1658; Joseph, 1660; Dorothy, 
probably 1662. Children of second wife, burn 
in Hartford: Ebenezer. baptized January 4. 
1674; Lydia, baptized February 13, 1676; llan- 
nah, baj)tized January 26, 1679; John, baptized 
May 30, 1680, died young. 

(Ill) Samuel, son (jf .Andrew Benton, was 
born August 15, 1658, in Miiford, and lived in 
Miiford and Hartford, and for a time in Tol- 
land, Connecticut, where he and his son were 
first proprietors in 1716. He married, prob- 
abh' in i(>y'). Sarali, daughttr of William ancl 

Sarah Chatterton, of New Haven, born there, 
July 19, 1661. He died testate, in Hartford, 
April 10, 1746. Children, born in Flartford: 
Samuel, August 8, 1680; Sarah, September 28, 
1685; Hannah, March 14, 1688: Abigail, De- 
cember 9, 1 691 : Caleb, March i, 1694; Daniel, 
June 25, 1696, mentioned below ; Jacob, Sep- 
tember 21, 1698 ; Moses, April 26, 1702 ; Lydia, 
April 26, 1705. His son Daniel's name appears 
in a petition res]3ecting lands in Coventry, in 
1718. Samuel Benton, then living in Hart- 
ford, gave a deed of Tolland lands, in 1719, to 
Daniel Benton, of Hartford, "his living son." 

( IV ) Daniel, son of Samuel I'lenton, was 
born June 25, i6<)6, lived in Hartford and Tol- 
land, died in Tolland. He united with the 
Second Church, September 21, 1718. He mar- 
ried, January 3, 1722, Mary, daughter of John 
Skinner, of Hartford. Children, born in Tol- 
land: Mary, October 17, 1722, died March 16, 
1723; Daniel, January 6, 1724, mentioned 
below; William, November 12, 1725; Mary, 
April 9, 1727, died October 4, 1745; Elijah, 
June 30, 1728; Sarah, May 8, 1730, died young ; 
Hannah, July 12, 1731, died young; John, June 
17, 1732, died young; Siloam, December 11, 
1733, died young; Lydia, May 2, 1735; Abi- 
gail, November 23, 1736. 

(V' ) Daniel (2), son of Daniel ( i) Benton, 
was born in Tolland, January 6, 1724, and 
spent his life there. He married, November 
,3, 1747, Mary Wheeler. Children: Elisha, 
born August 9, 1748, a revolutionary soMier ; 
Mary, August 31, 1750; Daniel, April 29, 1752; 
Azariah, March 39, 1754, a revolutionary sol- 
dier; Hannah, May 3, 1756, died October 18, 
1757; Hannah, February 18, 1758 ; Jacob. April 

22, 1760, mentioned below; Nathan. May 3, 
1764: Silas, June 6, 1766. 

(\T) Jacob, son of Daniel (2) Benton, was 
born April 22, 1760. and lived in Tolland. He 
was a revolutionary soldier at the age of seven- 
teen and saw four years' service. He was a 
dragoon at the battle of Saratoga, and was 
present at the surrender of Burgoyne. October, 
1777. He was pensioned in 1818, and the wit- 
nesses in his pension say: "A man of veracity, 
a fine, honorable, honest man." He married 
(first), March 14, 1782. Sarah Weston, of 
Willington, Connecticut. She died September 

23. 1787. He married ( second), July i, 1789, 
Sarah Ladd, of Tolland, who survived him. 
He died July 9, 1843. Children of first wife: 
.\nn, born February 1. 1783; William, .August 
-'(). 1785. Children of second wife: .\znriah. 





June 8. 1790; Ruth, December 8, i/yi : Daniel, 
Alay 3, 1794; Susanna, February 19, 179O; 
Chester, February 5, 1798, mentioned below; 
Jacob, June i, 1802. 

(VII) Chester, son of Jacob Benton, was 
born at Tolland, Connecticut, February 5, 1798, 
died at Cortland, New York, November 23, 
1875. He moved to Cortland and w^as a pros- 
I)erous farmer. He married, I'^-bruary 9, 1826, 
Tirzah I'orter Loomis, born March 2"], 1804, 
died July 18, 1887. Children, born at Cort- 
land: George C, born February 7, 1827; Al- 
phonzo L., November 9, 183 1 ; Henry Francis, 
mentioned below; Melvin P., March 5, 1841. 

( \'ni ) Henry Francis, son of Chester Ijen- 
ton, was born at Cortland, New York, Febru- 
ary 3, 1837, died there, April 20, 1910. He 
spent his youth on the homestead on South 
Hill, in Cortland, and he attended the public 
schools of his native town. When he came of 
age he followed his brother George C, who 
had gone west and was a lumber merchant in 
Chicago, and located at Bloomington, Illinois, 
where he engaged in business, but after a year 
or two he was induced to return home by his 
parents, who had been left alone on the farm. 
He then engaged in the hardware business in 
Cortland, in the firm of Chamberlain & Ben- 
ton, in partnership with Norman Chamber- 
lain. In 1866 he sold his interest in that firm 
and bought the lumber yard of John Barnes 
and during the remainder of his active life 
continued in the lumber trade. His business 
grew to large proportions. In January, 1891), 
the business was incorporated as the H. ]•". 
Benton Lumber Company. The other stock- 
holders an 1 directors were his son-in-law, Silas 
W. Sherwood, who had been associated in 
Inisiness with him for many years, and Orson 
.\. Kinney. Mr. Benton became president of 
the corporation and retained that office as long 
as he lived, though he withdrew from the 
active management of the business to a large 

When the Second National l!ank was estab- 
lished, in 1882, Mr. B.enton became one of the 
first board of directors and continued a di- 
rector as long as he lived. He was elected vice- 
president in January, 1901, and held the office 
at the time of his death. From time to time 
he was interested financially in various busi- 
ness enterprises in Cortland. He was presi- 
dent of the incorporated village of Cortland 
one year. He took an active part in all the 
movements designed to better conditinns anfl 

inijirove the town. He held the esteem and 
confidence of all his townsmen and took rank 
among the most substantial and reliable men 
of the community. Through almost his whole 
life he was a member of the Cortland Presby- 
terian Church, and he was infiuential and be- 
loved in that society, h'or many years he was 
sujjerintendent of tlie .Sunday school, which 
he had attended from boyhood. For nearly 
forty-two years he had been a member of the 
church session, the longest service of any man 
in the church, and during all those years he 
was the faithful clerk of the body. He was 
elected clerk for the first time, October 31, 
i8'i8. "lie has been the deeply consecrated 
member, tlie wise, discreet and conservative 
counselor, and the active and energetic worker 
in all that pertained to the welfare of the 
chiu-ch. Throughout his whole life he has been 
liberal in beneficence. Wherever there was a 
person in need he was sure to find a hearty 
sympathizer and a ready helper in Mr. Benton, 
though it was all so quietly done that few ever 
heard of it. In every way !Mr. Benton will be 
sadly missed in this community." 

He married, June 11, i8fii, Caroline Put- 
nam, of Cortland, who died June 19, i8i)<). She 
was born November 2"]. 1839, daughter of 
Hrmilton and Jeamiette (Cleveland) Putnam. 
Children: r. Jeannette Cleveland, married Silas 
\V. Sherwood (see Sherwood \TII). 2. Mary 
Putnam, married Charles Wickham Parker, of 
Chicago ; children : Henry Benton Parker, born 
June 15, 1890; Charles Grosvenor Parker, 
March 14, 1896; Caroline Putnam Parker, De- 
cember 24, 1898. 3. Carrie Louise, married 
Arthur Ford Stilson ; children: Chester Ben- 
ton, born January 16. i8c/i, in Cortland, and 
one child who died aged fourteen months. Ray- 
mond Putnam. 

The Perkins family is an an- 
PERKINS cient one in England. The first 

of the name of whom there is 
record, and from whom the family is descenrl- 
ed. is "Peter Alorley, alias Perkins," who lived 
in the time of Richard II., and was an officer 
in the household, or steward of the court of 
Sir Hugh Despenser. about 1300. The name 
is spelled variously Peterkins, Parkins, Pcrk- 
ings and Perkins. Several of the name lived 
in the neighborhood of Newent, county Glou- 
cester, England, and the immigrant John is 
sai' to have come from that part of England. 
( I ) John Perkins, the immigrant ancestor, 

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was born in 1590, probably in Xewent, county 
Gloucester, England. He sailed from Bristol, 
December i, 1630, in the ship "Lion," William 
Pierce, master, with his wife and five children. 
He was in the company with Rev. Roger Will- 
iams, and after a stormy voyage of sixty-seven 
days, they landed at Boston, February 6, 1631. 
He settled first in Boston, and was admitted a 
freeman, May 18, 1631. He was one of a 
committee of four to settle the bounds between 
Roxbury and Dorchester, November 7, 1632. 
He removed, in 1633, to Ipswich, and had sev- 
eral grants of land. His house was near the 
river, at the entrance to Jeffries Neck, on what 
is now East street. He was deputy to the gen- 
eral court in 1636, and on the grand jury in 
1648 and 1652. His will was dated March 28, 

1634. He married Judith -^^ — '■ . Children: 

John, mentioned below ; Thomas, born in 1616 ; 
"Elizabeth, 1618; Mary, 1620; Jacob, 1624; 
Lydia, 1632, baptized at First Church, Boston, 
June 3, 1632. 

(H) John (2), son of John (i) Perkins, 
was born in England, in 1614, and came to 
New England with his parents. He had a 
grant of land in Ipswich, in 1634, and other 
grants, and owned an island called Hog Island. 

He married, about 1635, Elizabeth — . 

The following is from a paper by Rev. Thomas 
Cobbet : "About 5 or 6 years after (an intend- 
ed attack upon "Nahumkeick" by the Indians) 
in the first planting of Ipswich ( as a creditable 
man informs me, namely Quartermaster Per- 
kins) the Tarratines ur Easterly Indians had a 
design to cut them off at the first, when they 
had but 20 or 30 men, old and young belonging 
to the place (and that instant most of the men 
had gone into the bay about their occasions, 
not hearing there of) it was thus one Robin, a 
friendly Indian, came to this John Perkins, 
then a young man then living in a little hut 
upon his father's island on this side of Jeffries 
Neck, and told him that on such a Thursday 
morning, early they would come four Indians 
to draw him to goe down the Hill to the water 
side, to truck with them, which if he did, he 
and all neare him would be cut off ; for there 
were 40 burchencanoues, would lie out of sight, 
in the brow of the Hill, full of Armed Indians 
for that ])urpose ; of this he forthwith acquaints 
Mr. John Winthrop, who then lived there, in 
a howse near the water, who advised him if 
such Indians came, to carry it ruggedly toward 
them, and throated to shoot them if they would 
not be gone, and when their backs were turned 

to strike up the drum he had with him besides 
his two nuiskets, and then discharge them ; that 
those 6 or 8 young men, who were in the 
marshes hard by a mowing, haveing theyr guns 
each of them ready charged, by them, might 
take the Alarme and the Indians would per- 
ceive theyr plot was discovered and haste away 
to sea againe ; which was accordingly so acted 
and tooke like eff'ect ; for he told me that pres- 
ently after he discovered 40 such canoues 
sheare off from under the Hill and make as 
fast as they could to sea. And no doubt many 
godly hearts were lifted up to heaven for de- 
liverance at Salem and this at Ipswich." 

John Perkins opened the first ordinary or 
inn in Ipswich and was chosen cjuartermaster 
of the military. He was one of several to sign 
a petition, February 16, 1681-82, to resist the 
claims of Mason to a title to lands about Glou- 
cester. He was engaged in the coast fisheries and 
used a part of what is Little Neck for curing his 
fish, as early as 1645. He gave his sons farms 
before his death. He died December 14, 1686, 
and his wife, September 27, 1684. Children: 
John, born in 1636, died 1659; Abraham, 1640; 
Jacob, 1646; Luke, 1649; Isaac, 1650; Nathan- 
iel, 1652 ; Samuel, mentioned below ; Thomas ; 

(III) Samuel, son of John (2) Perkins, 
was born at Ipswich, in 1655, and married, in 
1677, Hannah, daughter of Twift'ord and Han- 
nah West. He had a deed of land in Ipswich 
from his father, on which he had built a house 
in 1674. He served as a soldier in the Xarra- 
gansett war, and for his services then received 
a portion of land at \'oluntown, on the eastern 
border of Connecticut. This land afterwards 
came into possession of his son Ebenezer, who 
settled upon it. Samuel Perkins was a cord- 
wainer by trade. He died intestate in 1700. 
His wife survived him and was administratrix 
of his estate. Children: Samuel, born Novem- 
ber 26, 1679 ; Ebenezer, mentioned below ; Eliz- 
abeth, June 13, 16S5; John, May 12, 1692. 

(IV) Ebenezer, son of Samuel Perkins, was 
born in Ipswich, February 3, 1681. He mar- 
ried (first), August 14, 1710, at Preston, Con- 
necticut, Hannah Safford. He married (sec- 
ond) — . He was a farmer by 

occupation and removed from Ipswich to Pres- 
ton, where he bought one hundred and twenty- 
three acres of land, October 27, 1714. He 
sold this land in 1716, and removed to Volun- 
town, and settled on the land given his father 
for services in the Narragansett war. Novem- 



ber 17, 1735, he sold this land, and removed 
to Coventry, Rhode Island. He died in the 
latter place, before 1754. Children, recorded 
in Preston: Newman, born March 8, 171 1; 
Samuel, May 18, 1712; Oliver, April 29, 1713: 
Charity, July 4, 1714; EUenher, July 26, 1718; 
Lemuel, April 2, 1720; Ebenezer, mentioned 
below ; John. Child of second wife: Margaret. 
1720, married, December 26, 1751. Levi Adams, 
of Canterbury, Connecticut. 

(V) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer (i) 
Perkins, was born in Voluntown, Connecticut, 
July I, 1721. He settled at Coventry, Rhode 
Island, and married there, March 22, 1741, 
Abigail Pratt. Children : Mary, born Septem- 
ber 28, 1742; Hannah, June 25, 1744; Martha, 
November 10, 1746; John, menticined bclnw: 
Ebenezer, April 18, 1752; Abigail, November 
6, 1754; Francis, March 3, 1757; William, 
June 12, 1761. 

(VI) John (3), son of Ebenezer (2) Per- 
kins, was born at Coventry, Rhode Island. 
January 2, 1749, according to the town rec- 
ords, and died at P)Urlington, Otsego county. 
New York, November i, 1812. (His birth 
before the change in the calendar, in 1752, 
accounts for the different day of the month 
given as his birthday, viz: January 13). When 
he was twenty years old he settled in Foster, 
Rhode Island, and, in 1785, removed to Pow- 
nal, Vermont, where he resided for six years. 
He came to Burlington, New York, in 1794. 
and settled there on a farm. He was a minute 
man in the revolution, in Rhode Island, with 
the rank of orderly sergeant. He married 
Elizabeth Harrington, wlio was born June i. 
1749. Children: Sarah, Abigail, Elizabeth, 
Joanna ; Ebenezer, mentioned below ; Martha, 
Mary, John, Josiah, Caleb and Joshua. 

(VII) Ebenezer (3), son of John (3) Per- 
kins, was born in Foster, Rhode Island, April 
30, 1777, and died in Burlington, New York. 
October 28, 1 85 1. At the age of sixteen he 
went with his parents to Vermont, and thence 
to Piurlington, New York, before his parents, 
cleared land and built a house for the family, 
which came a year later. He married Ruth 

. Children : John S., mentioned below : 

Amy, Ebenezer, Thomas, Ruth and Truman. 

(VIII) John S., son of Ebenezer (3) Per- 
kins, was born in Burlington, Otsego county. 
New York, March 22, 1796, and died in Virgil, 
New York, August 18, 1854. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools and from early 
youth followed farming for a livelihood. In 

1820 he came to Virgil, but two years later he 
returned to his native town. In 1833 he set- 
tled permanently in Virgil, however, and lived 
there on a farm during the rest of his life. He 
married, March 2, 181 5, Sally Elster, who 
was born May 4, 1797, and died y\ugust 19, 
1885. Children : John Casper, mentioned below ; 
Ebenezer, Thomas, Judson Vinton, Amy and 

(IX) John Casper, son of John S. Perkins, 
was born at Burlington, in 1815, and died at 
Virgil, January 9, 1883. After attending the 
public schools of Burlington and Virgil, in 
which he received a good education, he taught 
school in Virgil for a time. His principal occu- 
pation in life, however, was farming, and he 
lived most of the time in Virgil. In his younger 
days he was active in the state militia. Like his 
father and ancestors for generations before 
him, he was a zealous and earnest member of 
the Baptist church. 

He married (first) Achsah J. Sessions, born 
May 23, 1819; (second) Catherine Jane Price, 
born September 26, 1818. died February 18, 
1896. d'hild of first wife: i. John Horace, 
born November 30, 1842, a market gardener 
in Cortland, New York, who married Meliona 
Oakes, and has eight children: Fre<I, Frank, 
Ella. Dell, Grace, Ada, Cora and Hattie. Chil- 
dren of second wife: 2. Josephine, born Sep- 
tember 23. 1845; married John Stillman, and 
had : Frank B., Emma, William J., Earl and 
Eva. 3. Achsah, born April 20, 1848. died 
January 19, 1849. 4. Emma V., born January 
4, 1853, died May 31, 1857. 5. William Jay. 
mentioned below. 

( X ) William Jay, son of John C. Perkins, 
was bom in Virgil, Cortland county. New 
York, February 2, 1855. He received his edu- 
cation in the public schools, at the old Cortland 
Academy, and at the Cortland State Normal 
School. When he was seventeen years old he 
became a clerk in a drug store, and, three 
years later, was admitted to partnership by 
F. H. Cobb, in the manufacture of confection- 
ery, importing and dealing in foreign fruits, 
nuts, tobacco, etc. The firm was known as 
Cobb & Perkins, and continued with the ut- 
most success until 1895, a period of twenty 
years. In 1896 Mr. Perkins engaged in busi- 
ness as a druggist in Cortland. When his 
store was destroyed by fire, in March, 1905, 
he decided to retire from business. He has 
continued to make his home in Cortland, how- 
ever, and has spent much time in travel in 



this country, and was in San Francisco at the 
time of the great eartiiquake. In pohtics he is 
Republican, and he has been a member of the 
board of education. He has followed his fam- 
ily in religious beliefs, and is a member of 
the Baptist church. For a number of years 
he was on the board of directors of the Na- 
tional Bank of Cortland. 

He married, in 1878, Mary E. Howe, of 
Cortland, born October 21, 1857, daughter of 
Albert and Eliza J. (Simmons) Howe. They 
had one chikl, E. .-Mida, died January 19, 1891, 
aged four and a half years. 

The record of the Jewett family 
JEWETT in America begins with the set- 
tlement of Rowley, Massachu- 
setts. In 1638 about sixty families, led by Rev. 
Ezekiel Rogers, came from Yorkshire, Eng- 
land, and began the settlement of Rowley, early 
the following season. Among these pioneers 
were the brothers, Ma.ximilian and Joseph 
Jewett. men of substance from Bradford, 
Yorkshire, England, and they were the ances- 
tors of most of the Jewetts in this country, a 
large family, which included many members 
of distinction in various walks of life. The most 
widely known person bearing the name is un- 
doubtedly Miss Sarah Orne Jewett, the author, 
of South lierwick, Maine. In ancient records 
the name apjicars as Juet. Juit, Jewit, and in 
various other forms, but in all cases the spell- 
ing preserves the j^ronunciation. 

(I ) Edward Jewett was a resident of Brad- 
ford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Eng- 
land, where he was a clothier. His will was 
dated February 16, 1614, and proved by his 
widow, July 12, 1615. He married, in Brad- 
ford. October 1, 1604, Mary, daughter of Will- 
iam Ta\lor. Their children, baptized in lirad- 
ford. were : William, Maximilian, Joseph and 
Sarah, perhaps others who died young. 

( II ) Deacon Maximilian Jewett, second son 
and child of Edward and Mary (Taylor) 
Jewett, was ba]itized December 31, 1609, in 
Bradford, England. He came to Rowley, ^las- 
sachusetts, with the Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, in 
1639, and was made a freeman there, May 13, 
of the following year. He had a two-acre 
house lot, in 1643. "u liradford street. He 
was a leading man in the affairs of the town, 
and was several times its representative in the 
general court, having been also very early a 
deacon of the chunh. He was accompanied 
on his journey to Massachusetts by his wife 

.\nn, who was buried November 9, 1667, and 
he married (second), August 30, 1671, Ellen, 
widow of John Boynton. He died October 19, 
1684. His will is on file at Salem, Massachu- 
setts, among the Essex county papers. It dis- 
poses of a considerable amount of property, 
indicating that he was a man of substance. 
His widow Ellen was married for the third 
time, June i, 1686, to Daniel Warner Sr., of 
Ipswich, whom she survived, and died in Row- 
ley, .August 5, 1689. The children of Maxi- 
milian Jewett, all by his first wife, were: Eze- 
kiel, Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, I'aith, Joseph, 
Sarah (died young), Sarah and Priscilla. 

(Ill) Two men named Jewett appear in 
Rowley, Massachusetts, about the middle of 
the seventeenth century, and there is a persist- 
ent tradition in the family that they were 
nephews of Maximilian and Joseph Jewett. 
Xumerous transactions on record indicate that 
they were in some way connected, but nothing 
can be discovered to prove this connection. 
They were sup])osed to have been sons of Will- 
iam Jewett, and to have followed their uncle to 
this country. John Jewett, born about 1636- 
^y. appears first in the records of Rowley, 
\Iassachusetts, April 2, 1661, on which date he 
married Elizabeth Cummings, daughter of 
Isaac Cummings, of Topsfield, Massachusetts. 
The latter deeded to John Jewett, a farm in 
Topsfield, .-Xjiril 28, 1661, in consideration of 
his marriage to Cummings' daughter. She 
died in Ipswich, July g, 1679, and Jewett mar- 
ried (second), probably in Lynn, Elizabeth 
Chadwell, of that town, widow of Benjamin 
Chadwell, and only child of Joseph Howe, of 
Lynn. John Jewett was made a freeman at 
I]wwich, I'ebruary 21. 1676, and died there 
between October 21 and November 29, 1708. 
His widow married (third) Deacon Ezekiel 
Jewett. Children by first marriage: Elizabeth, 
Hannah: Isaac, mentioned below; Abigail 
(died young), John, Abigail, David and Mary. 
By second marriage: Daniel, Jonathan, Dorcas 
and Rebecca (twins). 

(1\') Isaac, eldest son of John and Eliza- 
beth ( t'ummings ) Jewett, was born about 1665- 
67, in Ipswich, where he was a blacksmith in 
early life. He settled in Thompson, Connecti- 
cut (then a part of Killingly), about 1715, in 
which year he and his wife were dismissed 
from the Rowley church to assist in forming 
a church in the parish of Thomj)son. In the 
dixision of common lands at Thompson, No- 
\cnil)er 11. 1720, he received fifty-two acres 



of land, and his son Isaac twelve and one-half 
acres. In the second division, I^ebruary 2, 
1722, he received sixty-three acres one hundred 
rods of land. He married in Topsfield, June 

12, 1695, Dorcas Hovey, of that town. Chil- 
dren: Isaac. .Abigail; David, mentioned below, 
and Dorcas. 

(V) David, second son of Isaac antl Dorcas 
(Hovey) Jevvett. was born in Ipswich and 
baptized in Rowley, January 25, 1708. He 
settled in Thompson and there married, Octo- 
ber 9. 1734, Sarah (or Susannah) Stevens. 
Their children, born there, were : Stephen. 
mentioned below : .David. Susannah and Jo- 

1 \ ] ) .Stcplien, eldest child of David and 
Sarah, or Susannah, ( Stevens ) Jewett, was 
born October 5, 173'), in Thompson, and re- 
sided there until soon after his marriage. He 
was admitted to the church in Thompson with 
his wife, and. about I7(xi. removed to Lanes- 
boro, Massachusetts. He was a soldier in the 
revolution, serving as a sergeant in Captain 
Asa Barns' company, Colonel Patterson's regi- 
ment of minute men, which marched, April 22, 
1775, and served twenty-five days. He again 
enlisted under the same captain. May 17. 1775. 
in Colonel B. Ruggles Woodbridge's regiment, 
and served two months sixteen days. .\ return 
of the same company dated Se]>tember 28. 
1775, included the name of Stephen Jewett as 
a private, and his order for a bounty cuat. or 
its equivalent, was dated November 13, 1775, 
at Cambridge. He was a private under the 
same captain and marched to Manchester, July 

13, 1777, on the alarm for that district. He 
served fifteen days on this enlistment, and his 
son David was a member of the same comoany. 
He married (first), in Oxford, Massachusetts. 
March 3, 1757, Mehetable Harris, tlaughter of 
Timothy and Mary (Stearns) Harris, of Ox- 
ford, born there August 3. 1735, died in Lanes- 
boro, October 23. 1772. He married (second), 
December 15. 1778, Sarah Hatch, of Lanes- 
boro. Children of first marriage : David, Eliz- 
abeth. Timothy, Silence, Joannah. Ezekiel and 
Roger. Children of second marriage : Walter, 
mentioned below: Stephen, born .August 18, 
1783, and Alehetable. Stejihen Jewett died in 
Danbury, Connecticut, and may have passed 
his last years in that town. The family tradi- 
tion states that the son named below was born 
in Connecticut. 

(VH) Walter, fifth .son of Stephen Jewett. 
and eldest child of his second wife. .Sarah I latch, 

was born about 1780, according to the family 
tradition in Connecticut, and died in Cortland, 
New York, at the home of his son, Homer O. 
Jewett, March 5, 1855. He settled in Lebanon, 
Madison count}', New York, in January. 1806, 
and, in 1832, removed to Homer, Cortland 
county, where he became the owner of a farm, 
embracing about one hundred and thirty acres. 
(Jlenwood cemetery is part of this tract. When 
he settled in Lebanon he [)urchased a tract of 
heavily wooded land, which he cleared largely 
by his personal labor. To this he added until 
he was the owner of nearly three hundred 
acres. He built a schoolhouse upon his land, 
where his own and neighbors' children received 
primary instruction, the district school being a 
long distance away. He was an industrious 
and successful farmer, and removed to Homer 
in order to secure better educational advan- 
tages for his children. He married (first). 
May 8. 1804, Betsey Rockwell, born October 
31, 1785, died March 31, 1835. He married 
(second) Elizabeth Collins. Children, all by 
first marriage : Elvira, born November 26, 
1805; Mary Scott, August, 1807, died May 17, 
1833: Laura Maria. May C\ i8og; Myron 
Starr, May 4, 181 1 : Minerva, July 2, 1813; 
Diantha Christiana, February 14, 1815: Ruth 
•Ann, .April 8. 1817; Homer Octavius. mention- 
ed below : Ambrosia Elizabeth, Octolier 4, 
1 82 1, died September 12, 1832. 

( \ HI) Dr. Homer Octavius Jewett, second 
son of Walter and Betsey (Rockwell) Jewett, 
was born March 31, 1819. in Lebanon, Madi- 
son count)'. New York, and died January 30, 
1901. in Cortland, New York. He was a small 
boy when his parents moved to Homer. He 
attended the conunon schools of his neighbor- 
hood and graduated from Cortland .Academy, 
at Homer. For three years he alternated as 
teacher and student. In 1839 he took up med- 
ical instruction in the office of Dr. A. B. Ship- 
man, at Cortland, and at the same time con- 
tinued teaching, his labors in that behalf and 
his studies consuming fifteen hours of each 
day. He was anxious to complete his medical 
education and to earn his own way, so labored 
industriously, l^efore railroads were in ex- 
istence he went to Ohio, travelling by canal to 
Buffalo, and engaged for a time in teaching. 
Lie then entered the medical department of 
New York L'niversity, from which he was 
graduated in Alarch, 1843. He often spoke 
in gratitude of the kindness of Dr. Martyn 
Paine, his preceptor in the university, who 



gave to young Jewett the use of his private 
office and library, thus enabhng him to com- 
plete his medical course in less than the usual 
time. For a short time he engaged in practice 
with his former preceptor, Dr. Shipman, at 
Cortland, and then settled at Summer Hill, 
Cayuga county, New York, where he met with 
considerable success. In 1849 he settled at 
Cortland, where for fifty years he was actively 
engaged in the practice of his beloved pro- 
fession. Success in his chosen calling had 
greater place in his mind than its emoluments, 
and he was wont to treat rich and poor alike, 
regardless of financial consideration. His rides 
over the roads of Cortland county were made 
in all kinds of weather, at all hours of the day, 
and much of his study was carried on in 
his carriage or sleigh, while visiting distant 
patients. He was an admirer of good horses 
and was often dependent upon the intelligence 
of these well-trained animals to convey him 
safely through snowdrifts and over rough 
roads, while he was engaged in study. Dr. 
Jewett took very few vacations, was known 
as an exceptionally skillful surgeon, and was 
considered one of the best read physicians of 
the state. He was esteemed quite as highly as 
a citizen and died widely regretted. He gave 
no attention to political matters, or other inter- 
ests outside of his profession, finding his re- 
ward in the sense of duty done. He was one 
of the founders of the State Medical Associa- 
tion, was a member of its council, vice-presi- 
dent, and president of its Third Branch Asso- 
ciation. He was a member of the Cortland 
County Medical Society and of the New York 
Medico-Legal Society. He was a frequent 
contributor to medical journals, was accurate 
in diagnosis and in surgical operations, the 
family physician of many leading families of 
Cortland county. At the time of his death he 
was the oldest practitioner in that district. 

He married, October i, 1850, Matilda El- 
mira Ingalls, born July 2, 1828, at Summer 
Hill, Cayuga county. New York, daughter of 
Benjamin Ingalls. She died in Cortland, June 
16, 1907. Children: i. Granville Sharp Pat- 
terson, born July 30, 1851, resides on the 
paternal homestead in Cortland. He married 
(first), August 23, 1882, Anna M. Etheridge, 
who died April 5, 1898, and he married (sec- 
ond), November 26, 1903, Nellie A. Lennon, 
who died January 31, 1908. He married 
(third), August 22, 1910, M. Frances McHale. 
2. Alden March, mentioned below. 3. George 

Walter, born May 11, 1855, died at the age of 
three years thirteen days. 

( IX) Alden March, second son of Dr. 
Homer O. and Matilda E. (Ingalls) Jewett, 
was born December 21, 1852, in Cortland, and 
pursued his studies in the academy and State 
Normal School, of that town. In 1871, in his 
nineteenth year, he entered the employ of Delos 
Saunders, a jeweler of Cortland, and remained 
with him three years, in the meantime master- 
ing the trade. For the next eleven years, he 
was employed in Pennsylvania, and returned 
to Cortland in 1886. At this time he opened a 
store on his own account, and since that date 
has continued upon the same site. His uniform 
courtesy to patrons and his shrewd business 
management have brought to him much suc- 
cess, and his store is one of the best estab- 
lishments of the kind in Central New York. 
Mr. Jewett is active in the social life of the 
community, being a member of Cortlandville 
Lodge, No. 470, F. and A. M., of Cortland ; 
Cortland Chapter, No. 194, R. A. M. ; Central 
City Council, No. 13, of Syracuse; and Cort- 
land Commandery, No. 50 K. T. He is also 
one of the charter members of Cortland Lodge 
of Perfection, A. A. O. N. M. S. J. U. S. A., 
and a member of Central City Consistory, S. 
R. M., of Syracuse, and a member of Kalurah 
Temple, A. A. N. M. S., at Binghamton. He 
is past commander of Cortland Commandery, 
and past thrice potent master of Cortland 
Lodge of Perfection. For many years he has 
been vestryman in Grace Episcopal Church. 

He married, August 2S. 1890. Clara Lucy 
Smith, daughter of Judge Abraham P. and 
Mary E. (Bronson) Smith, of Cortland (see 
Smith IV). They have one daughter, Helen 
Etheridge Tewett, born June 6, 1891. 

(The Smith Line). 

(I) Henry Smith (Henri Schmidt) was 
born in 1748, in Germany, and located, when 
a young man, in Walkill, New York. He was 
a soldier in the revolution, serving in the Sec- 
ond New York Regiment, and died in Killa- 
wog, Broome county. New York, in October, 

(II) Abraham, son of Henry Smith, was 
born in 1778, in Coxsackie, New York, and 
died in Virgil, Cortland county. New York, in 
1863. He was an early resident of that town 
and engaged in agriculture. He married Nancy 
Hunt, daughter of Dr. Japhet Hunt, the first 
white child born in Cortland county, in 171 1. 



(III) Nathan, son of Abraham and Nancy 
(Hunt) Smith, was born in Virgil, April 8, 
1808, died in Cortland, October, 1884; mar- 
ried Lucy Mallory. 

(IV) Abram P., son of Nathan and Lucy 
(Mallory) Smith, was born April 6, 1831, in 
the eastern part of the town of Virgil, and 
died July 4. 1897, in Cortland. After attend- 
ing the common schools of his native town, 
he attended Cortland Academy, at Homer, and 
the State Normal School, at Albany, from 
which he was graduated in 1853. After teach- 
ing one year at the head of the Marathon 
schools, he decided to take up the study of law 
and entered the office of Hon. Horatio Ballard, 
in Cortland, with whom he continued his 
studies until admitted to practice in the state 
courts, January 8, 1856. In November, of the 
same year, he was elected district attorney for 
Cortland county, in which position he con- 
tinued three years, and, in 1859, was the Re- 
publican candidate for county judge. At the 
opening of the civil war, he enlisted as a mem- 
ber of the Seventy-sixth New York \'olunteer 
Infantry, known as the "Fighting Seventy- 
sixth," which was recruited chiefly in Central 
New York. On the organization of the regi- 
ment he was commissioned quartermaster, with 
the rank of lieutenant, and served until May, 
1862, when he resigned to resume his law prac- 
tice in Cortland. He was elected judge and 
surrogate of Cortland county in 1867, and 
served continuously sixteen years, the longest 
period in which the office had been held by the 
same person up to that time. He was admitted 
to practice before the LTnited States courts, 
January 4, 1874. Down to the expiration of 
his term as judge he hafl practiced independ- 
ently, and soon after admitted to partnership 
his son, David Eugene Smith, and for one year 
this firm was in active practice under the title 
of A. P. & D. E. Smith. At the end of this 
time the latter was succeeded by Dorr C. 
Smith. In 1889 the latter gave way to Henry 
A. Dickinson and the firm of Smith & Dickin- 
son continued in active practice until the death 
of its head. Judge Smith was noted as a jury 
lawyer and was occupied in the trial of an 
enormous number of cases. As a judge he 
was clear, firm and concise, and his decisions 
were rarely called in question. He was a power 
in the councils of the Republican party, and 
was often in detuand as a public speaker, being 
witty and fluent, and exercised a wide influ- 
ence among the people of Central New York. 

He compiled a history of the Seventy-si.xth 
Regiment, which has since been the standard 
work in that line. He was a member of Grover 
Post, No. 98. Grand Army of the Republic, 
and was socially congenial and popular in the 
community. He was very helpful to many 
young men who were ambitious to make a start 
in the profession, and wasimiformly kind and 
sympathetic with all. 

Fie married (first) Mary Elizabeth Bronson, 
born May 27, 1837, in Virgil, and died in Cort- 
land, July 31, 1872. He married (second) 
Mrs. Ellen P. Stedman. There were four 
children of the first marriage, namely: Bron- 
son, David Eugene. Nora and Clara Lucy. 
The first and third died in childhood. David 
Eugene, born January i, i860, now holds the 
chair of mathematics in Columbia College, 
New York, and is the author of many mathe- 
matical text books. Clara Lucy, born Febru- 
ary 28. 1869, was married, August 28, 1890, to 
Alden March Jewett. of Cortland, as above 
noted. She is an active member of the Daugh- 
ters of the American Revolution, of which she 
is a past regent (see Jewett IX). 

George Bates, said to have been 
B.\TES born in England, located at Brim- 
field, Hampshire county, Massa- 
chusetts, before 1735. He married at Brim- 
field, December 6, 1735, Rebecca Dick. Chil- 
dren, born at Brimfield : Mary, October 9, 
1736: George Jr., December 23, 1737: Samuel, 
November 9, 1738, married Eunice Sherman 
and lived at Brimfield : Hepzibah, Februarv 2, 
1741 ; Thomas, January 18, 1743; Asa, May 
20, 1745; Lemuel, mentioned below; Elisha, 
Marcli 25, 1749. 

(II) Lemuel, son of George Bates, was 
born at Brimfield, March 4, 1747. He left his 
native town about 1800, and located in what 
is now Cincinnati, Ohio, driving through the 
wilderness with other pioneers, and he owned 
a hundred acres in what is now the heart of 
the city of Cincinnati. He was a saddler by 
trade, and, in addition to his trade, was a 
dealer in cattle, and operated the ferry across 
the river to the Kentucky shore. He was seized 
with malarial fever, like so many of the other 
pioneers in this section of the country, and 
was obliged to leave the place. He stopped 
on his way home, at Syracuse, New York, and 
later decided to locate at Homer, New Y'ork, 
where he bought a farm on which he spent the 
rest of his life. He was a soldier in the revolu- 


tion from Brinifield, sergeant in Captain Eben- 
ezer Stoddard's company (Second Hampshire) 
in 1782, and was engaged in suppressing the 
insurgents at Northampton. He married Faire- 
zinah (also given Resinah) Thompson, of 
Scotch ancestry. She died at Homer, New 
York, August 3, 1852, aged ninety-eight years, 
Cliildren : Sally, born at Brimfield, November 
20, 1773: daughter. March 24, 1776; Joseph 
Thompson, October 17, 1778; Patty, February 
5, 1781 ; Samuel, July 20, 1783; Ransford, 
May 19, 1785; Bathsheba, November 27, 1787; 
Lemuel, mentioned below ; Barbara ; Hepsi- 
bath ; Tabitha ; Fairezinah, April ij, 1797; 
Nabby, February 10, 1799. 

(HI) Lemuel ( 2), son of Lemuel ( i ) Bates, 
was born in lirimfield, in 1790, and died in 
Homer, New York, August 29, 1882, aged, 
according to his gravestone, ninety-one years. 
He was a young lad when the family went 
west, and he returned with them to Homer, and 
he followed farming there all his active life. 
He married (first) Anna Stephens, who died 
April 27. 1825, aged twenty-four years; (sec- 
ond) I'hebe Ann Sweet, who died June 19, 
1856, aged fifty-one years. Children of first 
wife: Calvin, Stephen S. and Joseph T. Chil- 
dren of second wife: Horton S., Henry; Will- 
iam, mentioned below ; Augustus, Ballard, El- 
nora, Nancy, Caroline and Pliebe. 

(IV) William, son of Lemuel (2) Bates, 
was born in Cortland, New York, April 21, 
1831, and died September 14, 1904, aged sev- 
enty-three. He was educated in the public 
schtx)ls and learned the trade of blacksmith in 
his native town, where he lived until i860, 
when he removed to Freetown, New York. He 
followed farming in connection with his black- 
smith business. He was a member of the 
lodge of Free Masons, at Moulton, New York, 
and of the Ba])tist church. He married ( first) 
Elvira Woodruff, born in 1832, dietl December 
4, 1862, daughter of Madison and Hannah 
(Russell) W'oodruff, of Cortland. He mar- 
ried (second) Margaret Borthwick, of Free- 
town, New York, who survives him (1911). 
Children of the wife: Eugene Wallace, 
mentioned below ; Frank W., died February 
24, 1874, aged nineteen years. Children of 
second wife: George, Merton, Martha, Nellie 
and Jennie. 

(V) Eugene Wallace, son of William Bates, 
was born in Cortland, New York, October 13, 
1853, and was educated there in the common 

schools, Cortlandville Academy, Normal Scho(_)l 
of Cortland, and took a commercial course at 
Lovett's Commercial College, of Binghamton, 
New York. For three years after he left 
school he was a bookkeeper in Cortland, and 
afterward he entered the employ of his grand- 
father, Madison Woodruff, a manufacturer of 
pottery, in Cortland, and continued with him 
for eight years. In 1885 he bought out the 
business of his employer and carried it on 
alone for about six years. After selling the 
pottery business he was for a time a retail 
grocer, but since 1895 he has been in the insur- 
ance and real estate business in Cortland, and 
has achieved notable success. From January, 
1901, to January i, 191 1, he was assessor of 
the city. In religion he is a Methodist, and 
was on the board of trustees of the Methodist 
church. He is a member of \esta Lodge. No. 
255, of Odd Fellows, of Cortland. In politics 
he is Re])ublican. 

He married, in 1874, Flla I'almer, born at 
Cortlandville, May 16, 1853, died November 
25, 190*1, daughter of I'rosper and Lucy (Still- 
man ) Palmer, of Cortland. They had one son, 
I*". .Albert Bates, born in 1875, now a clerk in 
the office of the Lehigh \'alley Railroad Com- 
pany, at Cortland ; married Anna Wright, of 
Homer, New York, daughter of Lewis Wright, 
and they have two children : Eugene W. and 
Uarlene W. Bates. 

Air. E. W. Bates married (second), Decem- 
ber 17, 1907, Helen O. Brooks, daughter of 
James A. and Ophelia Brooks, of McGraw- 
ville, New York. 

( I\ ) Joseph Thompson Bates. son 
Pi.\ TES of Lemuel (2) Bates (q. v.), was 
born in Homer, New York, in 
1822, and is now living at L^nion, Broome 
county. New York. He had a public school 
education. He learned the trade of harness- 
maker, and for several years was emi^loyed 
as a journeyman at his trade in Marathon, 
New York. He came to Cortland, where he 
was for thirty years constable and deputy 
sherilif of the county during part of that time. 
In 1890 he retired from active business and for 
several years has made his home with his son 
and daughter in Union. He has a wide ac- 
quaintance throughout Cortland and the coun- 
ty, and is held in high esteem by all who know 
him. He married .Sarah Hatfield. Children: 
Rosetta; .Mien; .Anna; Theodore T., mention- 



ed below : Ida ; Rev. William, a Baptist min- 
ister at Union ; A'lina, lives with her brother. 
Rev. William, at Union. 

(V) Theodore Thompson, son of Joseph 
Thompson Bates, was born at Cortland. Au- 
gust I, 1853, and was educatetl there in the 
common schools. At the age of sixteen he was 
apprenticed to the trade of tinsmith at Homer, 
Xew York, and afterward aKo learned the 
trade of plumber at Cortland. In 1882 he 
embarked in business in Cortland, in the firm 
of Bates & Hollister, plumbers and tinsmiths, 
and the firm continued until 1885. when it be- 
came Smith, Kingsbury & Bates, afterward 
Smith & Bates, and finally T. T. Bates, without 
a partner. In 1906 the present partnershi]) 
was fcirmed, under the name of T. T. Bates & 
Son. Mr. Bates has been very successful in 
business and is counted among the most sub- 
stantial men of affairs in the community. He 
is well known in the Masonic fraternity, in 
which he has taken the thirty-second degree. 
He is a member of Cortlandville Lodge, l-"ree 
and Accepted Masons, of which he has been 
worshi]iful master: of Cortland Cha])ter, No. 
194, Ro>al Arch Masons, of which he has been 
high priest; of Cortland Commandery, Xo. 50, 
Knights Templar, of which he has been com- 
mander : of (Jtseningo X'alley Consistory, of 
Binghamton, and of Kalurah Temple, ^lystic 
Shrine, of Binghamton. He is also a member 
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks, of Cortland. He married, in 1874. 
Theresa C. Carn. of Homer, Xew York, born 
in 1855, daughter of Edward and Mary ( Hare ) 
Carn. Children, born in Cortland: .\rthur 
Earl, mentioned below; Mabel Irene, died in 

( \T ) .\rthur Earl, .son of Theodore Thom|i- 
son Bates, was born in Cortland, New York. 
May 15. 1878, and educated in the ])ul>lic 
schools of his native town and at the State 
Normal School, at Cortland. He learned the 
plumbing business in the employ of his father. 
and, in igo6, was admitted to partnership. 
Since then the business has been conducted 
under the firm name of T. T. P>ates & Son. He 
is a member of Cortlandville Lodge, Eree and 
Accepted Masons ; of Cortland Cha])ter, Xo. 
194. Royal Arch Masons ; of Cortland Com- 
mandery, Xo. 50, Knights Templar, and was 
raised a Mason, exalted to chapter and knight- 
ed to commanflery by his father. He is past 

He married, Eebruarv 12. I90(). (irace L. 

B)Ogardus, of near Mason City, Iowa, born 
June 26, 1885, daughter of Seymour and Jessie 
( Webster ) Bogardus. Children : .Arthur Sey- 
mour, born July 2^. 1908: Blanche Bogardus, 
I'^eliruarv S. l<)tO. 

lie fore the general adoption of 
D.V\ IS surnames in Great Britain the 
Welsh people were accustomed to 
distinguish those bearing the same Christian 
name from one another by adding the father's 
name with a possessive, as "Harry's," "David's" 
and these were in time shortened and slightly 
varied, thus forming the very fre(|uent names 
among those peo])le. of Williams, Jones, Harris 
and Davis. The family whose history is herein 
outlined was anioni^" those early planted in 
New England, and has furnished citizens to 
New York and other states, who have been 
noted for energy, probity, ability and high 
moral character. There were numerous Amer- 
ican immigrants bearing the name early located 
in northeast Massachusetts. Francis Davis 
was a resident of An;esbury, Massachusetts, as 
early as 1640. James Davis was in Newbury 
before that date. John Davis was located in 
I[)swich, and a second John Davis was among 
the early residents of Newbury. 

( I ) Dolor Davis was the ancestor of the 
very numerous family which has been down 
to the present time prominently identified with 
Massachusetts. He came from the county of 
Kent, England, although undoubtedly of Welsh 
ancestry, and settled first at Cambridge, Mas- 
^achusetts. wdiere he received a grant of land, 
Augu>t 4. 1634. His wife and three children 
came over in the following year, accompanied 
by her brother. General Simon Willard, one 
of the fomiders of Concord and Lancaster, 
Massachusetts. Dolor Davis was a carpenter 
and builder and removed from Cambridge to 
Duxburv, where he was admitted a freeman 
of the Plymouth colony, March 5, 1639. He 
and his wife were dismissed from the church of 
Duxbury and joined the church at Barnstable, 
Massachusetts, .\ugust 27, 1648. He had a 
land grant in Duxbury, in 1640, and was sur- 
veyor of highways, constable and a member of 
various committees in Barnstable. In 1655 he 
left the Plymouth colony, and returning to 
Massachusetts purchased one hundred and 
fifty acres of land in Ci:incord. Eleven years 
later he returned to Barnstable, where he died 
in June. 1673. Dolor Davis married (first), 
in England, March 29, 1624. Margery Willard, 



who was baptized Xovember 7, 1602, at Horse- 
monden, Kent, England, and died prior to 
1667. She was the daughter of Richard Will- 
ard, a j'eomaii of Horsemonden. His will made 
September 13, 1672, mentions his second wife 
Joanna, and states that his sons, Simon and 
Samuel, had already received their portions of 
his estate. Children : John, of Barnstable, born 
in England, about 1626, inherited the paternal 
homestead ; Mary, born in England, 1631 ; Eliz- 
abeth, born in England ; Lieutenant Simon, 
born about 1638. probably in Cambridge, died 
in Concord, in 1713 ; Samuel, mentioned below : 
Ruth, born at Barnstable. March 24. 1645. 

(11) Samuel, third son of Dolor and Mar- 
gery (VVillard) Davis, was probably born in 
Concord, Massachusetts, in which town he 
lived and died. He was admitted a freeman, 
March 21, i6go. and resided in that part of 
the town which became Bedford, where his 
homestead has continued in the family for 
many generations. It is located on the edge 
of the river meadow, on the road from Con- 
cord to Bedford, and the gld well, which is still 
in use. is believed to have been dug by Samuel 
Davis. The date of his death is not recorded, 
but he was living as late as 1714. He mar- 
ried (first), January 11, 1666, at Lynn. Mary 
Medow. who died October 30. 17 10. He mar- 
ried (second). October 18. 171 1. Ruth Taylor, 
who died August 16, 1720. Children: Mercy, 
died in her second year ; Samuel, born June 21. 
i6f)9, resided in Bedford; Daniel, mentioned 
below; Mary, born August 12, 1677, married 
John Stearns ; Eleazer, August 26, 1680, re- 
sided in Bedford; Lieutenant Simon, July 9, 
1683, was one of the most prominent citizens 
of Rutland, Massachusetts ; Stephen, March 
30, 1686, resided in Bedford. 

(IH) Daniel, second son of Samuel and 
Mary (Medow) Davis, was born March 26. 
1673. in Concord, and lived in that town. When 
tiie new town of Bedford was set off, in 1729. 
his farm was included in that town. He died 
February 10. 1741. He married. July 27. 1698. 
Mary Hubbard, born June 3. 1682, daughter 
of Jonathan and Hannah (Rice) Hubbard. 
Siie married (second) Ebenezer Staples, of 
Mendon. and died I-'ebruary 2. 1769. Daniel 
Davis' children: Jonathan, born February 15. 
1700; Daniel, September 19, 1701, lived in 
Bedford; Mercy, November 11, 1703, died in 
her sixth year; Ephraim, January 27, 1706; 
Nathan. March 31. 1708: .Xmos, April 18. 
1711; Josiah. July k). 1713: N'athaniel, men- 

tioned below; Mary, April 4, 1719; Ezra, died 
two months old ; Hannah, diet! thirteen years 
old; Mercy, born July 23. 1725. 

(IV) Nathaniel, seventh son of Daniel and 
Mary (Hubbard) Davis, was born December 
3, 1715, in that part of Concord, now Bedford, 
and settled in Rutland, Massachusetts, where 
he resided several years. In 1763 he was one 
of the first settlers of Rockingham, Vermont, 
where he was a prominent citizen, being a 
foundation member of the church and one of 
the donors of land for the meeting-house and 
cemetery. He died there, r)ctober 26, 1802. 
The family tradition says he was twice mar- 
ried, but record of only one marriage can be 
found. This was in Bedford, April 16, 1741, 
the bride being Susanna, daughter of John and 
Catherine ( Whiting ) Lane. She was born 
.April 8. 1720, in that part of Billerica now 
Bedford, and died July 30, 1795. One family 
tradition says that his second wife was Mary 
Lane, born 1717. C)nly seven children are 
found of record, the first four born in Rutland. 
They were; Nathaniel, died young; Susanna, 
born March 26, 1743; Hannah, August 25, 
1745. died unmarried; Levi. May 20, 1753; 
Nathaniel, 1754, married Lydia Harwood. lived 
in Rockingham ; Joshua ; John Lane, mention- 
ed below. 

(Y) John Lane, son of Nathaniel and Sus- 
anna (Lane) Davis, was born November 8, 
1737. possibly in Northfield, Massachusetts, 
whence the family tradition says he removed 
to Rockingham, but this is doubtful. Per- 
haps he was born in, or near Rutland, Massa- 
chusetts. He was a soldier of the revolu- 
tion and a ijensioner. and lived in Chester 
and Rockingham. X^ermont. and died Decem- 
ber 29. 1839. He married, in Rockingham, 
I*"ebruary 28, 1 799. Susanna Lucius, born July, 
1762, died December 5. i8(X), in her ninety- 
ninth year. The record of the marriage states 
that he was a resident of Chester and she of 
Rockingham. Children: Ofa, born July 12. 
1800. died at the age of two years; John Lane, 
mentioned below ; Eri Luther. April 20. 1804, 
died Se])tember ifi. 1877; Calvin Emerson, 
June 15. 1806; James Warren. May 4. 1809; 
Laura A.. July 20. t8ii ; Hiram John. August 
i(), 1813; George, May 3, 1815. The sixth is 
not recorded in Rockingham. 

(\T) John Lane (2), eldest surviving son 
of John Lane (i) and Susanna (Lucius) 
Davis, was born June 2. 1802. in Rockingham. 
\'ermont. died in Freeville. New York, lanu- 



ary 15, 1886. He was apprenticed or "bound 
out" at an early age, to a "Parson" Whiting, 
of Rockingham, Vermont, with whom he re- 
mained as apprentice boy for many years, 
doing chores, working on the grounds and 
waiting upon the master. He was denied the 
usual advantages given to New England boys 
in the w-ay of education, and was allowed to 
go to school only three months during his boy- 
hood. He had no money with which to buy 
his books, but he tinally procured an old spell- 
ing book and then quarried out a slate and 
rubbed it down with another stone to give it 
the proper surface. Nevertheless he always 
seemed to be well educated — wrote a fine hand ; 
composed and spoke grammatically ; was a 
natural mathematician, and an omnivorous 
reader, and, with it all, was blessed with a very 
retentive memory. The wages of young men 
in those days were small, but he used to boast 
that between his twenty-first and twenty-fourth 
year he had saved up the sum of three hun- 
dred dollars, all he earned, which was con- 
sidered a fair start in life. He followed his 
sweetheart, Mary Boynton, a school teacher, 
from \'ermc)nt -to AIcLean, New York, where 
he worked with his future brother-in-law at 
the carpenter trade. During the early part of 
his life he was elected to the office of constable, 
and was also overseer of highways, collector, 
etc. He was noted for his industry, temper- 
ance and public s]Mrit. He was also a man of 
e.xceedingly courteous and kindly manners. 
which he, doubtless, acquired during his early 
training in New England. He was a devoted 
Whig and a constant reader of the Albany 
Weekly Journal and the New York Tribune. 
which, with him, were almost household gods. 
He enjoyed such authors as Theodore Parker, 
Dickens, Thackeray and the like. His admira- 
tion for public men and measures, especially 
of his own party, was always in evidence, and, 
as an illustration of his zeal, wdien word was 
passed around that Henry Clay was to speak 
at the State Fair at Syracuse, in the "forties," 
which was before the day of railroads, this 
ardent follower of the Kentucky statesman, 
although at a busy season of the year, drove 
from his home to Syracuse during the night, 
some fifty miles, reaching the city in the morn- 
ing of the day the address was to be de- 
livered, attending the meeting and was back 
to his fields at work the second morning. That 
trip and address was an event in his life. He 
not only could describe, with great accuracy 

and vividness, the appearance of the noted 
orator, but could repeat almost word for word 
the address that he delivered. He was most 
skillful and thorough in all his duties as stock- 
man and farmer, and was most highly respect- 
ed by all his friends and neighbors, and owned 
a fine farm near the village of McLean, New- 
York. He was an exceedingly strong, active 
man until he was taken with a fatal malady at 
the age of eighty-three. He married Mary, 
daughter of Abraham and Betsey (Marsh) 
Boynton, in 1830. Their children were: Byron, 
Lucius, Eliza, George B. and Mary. A me- 
morial window, dedicated to him and his wife, 
Mary (Boynton) Davis, was placed in the 
Universalist church, at McLean, by his family, 
in the year 1907. 

( VII) Lucius, second son of John Lane (2) 
and Mary (Boynton) Davis, was born July 30, 
1834, in McLean, New York, and now (1911) 
resides at Cortland, New York. He was a 
man of high integrity and character and pos- 
sessed of wonderful fortitude and physical 
courage. Many incidents of his life would 
make the ground work of a thrilling romance. 
His early life around McLean was uneventful. 
He was a farmer boy until early in 1861. He 
went into the oil region of western Pennsyl- 
vania, just then developing, and located at Oil 
Creek. His opportunities for success were fast 
developing when Fort Sumter was fired on 
and President Lincoln made his call for volun- 
teers. He was invited to join an Ohio regi- 
ment being raised near the Pennsylvania line, 
where he was then located, but preferred to 
go home and go to the front with his old 
friends and acquaintances, who were then en- 
listing. He came back home and being with- 
out any political influence or backing that 
would enable him to become an officer, he en- 
listed, July, 1861, as a private in the Seventy- 
sixth New York Volunteer Infantry, then being 
organized at Cortland. With this regiment he 
left for the front in January, 1862, and par- 
ticipated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, 
Gainesville, Second Bull Run, South Moun- 
tain, Antietam, besides minor skirmishes, dur- 
ing the campaign of 1862. At Gainesville he 
was wounded in the left breast, a wound that 
would have been fatal but for the fact that the 
bullet was jiartially stopped by a roll of blankets 
he was carrying over his shoulder. At Sec- 
ond Bull Run, General Doubleday's brigade. 
of which the Seventy-sixth Regiment was a 
part, was in an exposed position in a ravine. 



confronted by a large part of tliu Confederate 
army. A driver of an ammunition wagon had 
brought up a load of ammunition, and had 
been shot, together with the lead mule of the 
six mule team, and in the change of position 
this wagon was between the two lines and only 
a short distance from either, on a field being 
swe])t constantly by bullets, (jeneral Double- 
day riding up and observing the position of 
this wagon, and realizing that he was about to 
retreat and this wagon of ammunition would 
fall into the hands of the enemy, called for a 
volunteer soldier to go with a member of his 
stafif to bring back that w^agon or destroy it. 
The duty was one of great danger and no one 
could be blamed for holding back, but Lucius 
Davis stejiped forward and volunteered for the 
service. Leaving his gun with one of his com- 
rades, he went with the officer and attempted 
to bring off the wagon of ammunition, but 
with the lead mule killed, the others were un- 
manageable and could not be driven or led. 
While engaged in trying to bring back the 
wagon, the Indlets of the enemy were singing 
about their ears, going through the to]) of the 
wag(jn and exposing these men to the risk of 
death every moment. Learning that they could 
not bring the wagon, they built a fire under it, 
opened some boxes of powder and made pre- 
parations to explode it. The enemv then 
charged, but having fired the train the two 
men made their way in safety to their own 
lines, while the wagon was exploded and de- 
stroyed before it could be reached by the Con- 
federates. .Again on the same day when one 
of the Union batteries had opened fire on the 
enemy and its shells were falling and explod- 
ing in this ravine where the regiment lay out 
of sight. General Doubleday again called for a 
volunteer to go up on the hill in the face of 
the Confederate batteries' fire, and give the 
order to the L'nion battery to cease firing. 
.Again Lucius Davis volunteered for this haz- 
ardous service, and made a run up the hill, ex- 
j)osed to exploding shells on all sides, success- 
fully performed his mission and observing that 
the balance of the army had retreated, returned 
to his general and advised him that his support 
had left him and that he had better withdraw, 
which he did at once, (ieneral Doubleday then 
said to him, "You are a brave man. — come to 
my tent to-night and 1 will see what I can do 
for you." But in the retreat there was no 
opportunity to see the general, nor did he 
have the inclination to seek out jiromotion or 

reward for the service he had performed. 
Nevertheless, shortly afterward he was pro- 
moted to be orderly sergeant of his company 
by the colonel of the regiment, undoubtedly 
upon the recommendation of General Double- 
day, "for bravery and strict attention to busi- 
ness." and, on February 7, 1863, he was com- 
missioned by Governor Seymour, of New York, 
second lieutenant, with rank from November 
II, 1862. On May 19, 1863, he was commis- 
sioned first lieutenant in Company C, Seventy- 
si.xth Regiment, by Governor Seymour, as a 
further appreciation of his gallantry. At the 
battle of South ^Mountain, which was fought 
largely in the night, while on the firing line, a 
bullet cut the rim of his straw hat completely 
off close to his head. .At this battle, standing 
by a comrade, IMell Luther, he called Luther's 
attention to a Confederate crawling toward 
them in a cornfield. Luther could not see the 
approaching enemy, so he coolly borrowed 
Luther's gun, took careful aim, and fired. The 
crawling ceased. 

In the campaign of 1863 he took part in the 
battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and 
Gettysburg, besides other minor engagements. 
At Fredericksburg his regiment was engaged 
in throwing up a fortification, at the same time 
being exposed to the fire from the canon of a 
Confederate battery, and with the shells burst- 
ing around them, the men became somewhat 
nervous while they were exj^osed. The canon 
were at such a distance that one could see the 
puff of smoke several seconds before the ball 
or shell would reach the point where it was 
directed. Noticing this Lieutenant Davis told 
the men to work until he should give them 
warning: so standing upon the exposed en- 
trenchment, he watched the batteries, and 
when he saw the puff of smoke, gave warning 
and 'the men would then droji into entrench- 
ment out of danger, while he remained on top 
coolly pacing back and forth, without taking 
any precaution for his own safety. 

At Gettysburg the Seventy-sixth Regiment 
was marching in front of the First Corps 
which opened the battle, and Company C, com- 
manded by Lieutenant Davis, was marching in 
front of this regiment, so that this company 
opened the battle of Gettysburg, firing the 
first shot. They had marches through the 
town and deployed in battle line on Seminary 
Ridtre. where in an open field they made a 
stand in the face of the advance guard of the 
Confederate armv. A Union batterv. which 



iiad been driven in from some advanced posi- 
tion, came tearing back through the Hne, throw- 
ing the men of this company and the regiment 
into more or less confusion, but they were 
rallied and steadied by Lieutenant Davis, who 
closed the files and led them gallantly into the 
face of the fire of the enemy. At this time, 
while handing a gun to a wounded comrade, 
who had fallen, and who was likely to fall into 
the hands of the enemy, he was shot through 
the right hand, but doing tlfe wound up with 
his handkerchief, and placing a tourniquet on 
his wrist and fastening it with a stick, which 
he held under his arm, he continued in com- 
mand of his company. For several hours, 
fighting against tremendous odds, they held 
their line, permitting the main part of the 
L'nion army to come up and form in battle 
line behind them, where the main battle was 
fought. When it was necessary to retreat 
Lieutenant Davis brought his men back in 
good order in the face of a very heavy fire, 
with men dropping all around him, and taking 
careful pains, as guns would fall from their 
hands, to stop, pick up the gun and break it, 
so that it would not fall into the hands of the 
foe. For a part of the distance, when the fire 
was heaviest, and it appeared that no man 
would get ofl^ in safety, he marched backward, 
•SO that if he fell he would not be shot in the 

As they passed through (Gettysburg he took 
possession of a house, established it as a tem- 
porary hospital and directed his men to bring 
in as many as they could of their wounded 
comrades. He waited here until he saw his 
brigade colors going past, and then realizing 
that the whole line was in retreat, and if he re- 
mained longer he would be captured, he gave 
some last directions for the comfort of the 
wounded soldiers and left to join his retreating 
comrades, being practically the last man to 
leave the city before it was occupied by the 

During this time he had also received some 
injury or wound in his left leg, below the knee, 
which at that time was not thought to be 
serious. The wound that he received in the 
hand before noon, was not dressed until after 
dark at night, when he was advised by the 
surgeon that his hand must be amputated. He 
refused to submit to this operation, saying that 
he could save his hand, and after consulting 
his regimental surgeon and having the wound 
dressed he retired with some other officers to 

a farm house, near R(iund Top. where he 
watched the next two days battle, being unable 
to participate and being compelled to go with 
little food and drink and no care until after 
the battle was over, when, with three other 
wounded men, he employed a farmer to carry 
him to the railroad some distance away, where, 
with other wounded, he got into a freight car 
and went to Wilmington, Delaware, a journey 
of several hours without food and care, and 
was then transferreil to a train and taken to a 
hospital in Philadelphia. From there he soon 
left for his home, where he might be cared for 
by his mother and his local doctor, and was 
there greeted with great affection by his family 
and neighbors, he having been reported in the 
newspapers among those killed at (Gettysburg. 
After his wounds healed he attempted to re- 
turn to the war, but the examining surgeon 
declared him physically unfit and reluctantly 
he was compelled to accept a discharge on No- 
vember 9, 1863. He subsequently received, 
January 10, 1871. in consideration of his dis- 
tinguished services, a commission as brevet 
major from Governor Hoffman, of New York. 
At the close of the war he accepted a posi- 
tion as superintendent of construction of tele- 
graph lines along the Milwaukee and LaCrosse 
railroad, in Wisconsin. This was a country 
sparsely settled and inhabited by a tribe of 
Indians, which caused great trouble among the 
settlers by thievery and acts of violence. On 
one occasion, while riding along the Mississippi 
river, on the Wisconsin side, he stopped over 
night with a settler who had a wife and small 
babe. During the night the house was attack- 
ed by the Indians, who broke windows and 
battered down the door, and caused the set- 
tler, his wife and Lieutenant Davis to take 
refuge in the loft overhead. In the darkness 
of the night the settler was lowered from the 
window by a rope taken from a bed by Lieu- 
tenant Davis, to row across the river to Win- 
ona, Minnesota, for help, leaving Lieutenant 
Davis to protect the woman and babe. The 
Indians raised one of their number on their 
shoulders through a trap door in the floor of 
the loft, but when he grasped the sides to draw 
himself up. Lieutenant Davis seized an a.xe 
and cut his fingers oft', causing him to drop 
back. Then with a shotgun and a revolver, 
which he had. Lieutenant Davis opened fire 
on the Indians below and stootl them oft' until 
the settler returned with help. A large number 
of Indians were captured and the rescuers 



found six dead Indians in the lower part of 
the cabin who had been shot down during the 

He returned to the east about 1868 and re- 
ceived the appointment of postmaster of the 
village of Marathon, Cortland county. About 
1870 he was appointed railway mail clerk on 
the Southern Central railroad, taking the first 
mail over that road, and was subsequently 
transferred to a similar position on the Erie 
railroad. His health failing in 1876 he took 
up farming in Virgil, Cortland county, and in 
the town of Groton, Tompkins county, until 
about 1892, when the wound in the left leg, 
which had given him trouble ever since the 
war, became so serious that he was obliged to 
have the leg amputated above the knee. He 
then retirecl from active life, moving in the 
fall of 1892 to Cortland, where he has since 

He married, September 2},, 1863, Harriett 
Francis, born August 23. 1839, in Virgil, New 
York, daughter of Richard and Caroline 
(Gager) Francis. Children: Leland G., Row- 
land L. and Ralph H. 

(V'HI) Rowland Lucius, second son of 
Lucius and Harriett (Francis) Davis, was 
born July 10, 1871, in Dryden, Tompkins coun- 
ty, New York. His early life was spent on a 
farm in the town of Virgil, and the town of 
Groton, obtaining a preliminary education in 
the district schools and in the graded school at 
McLean. Subsec|uently he attended the State 
Normal School, at Cortland, where he gradu- 
ated in June, 1896, and entered the Cornell 
College of Law the following September, and 
graduated with the degree of LL. B. in June, 
1897, having completed the then two years 
course in one year. He was admitted to the 
bar on July 6, 1897, '"I'l began the practice of 
his profession in the city of Cortland. In 
1899 he was elected police justice of the village 
of Cortland, which office was subsequently 
made that of city judge, when Cortland be- 
came a city in 1900, in which year he was re- 
elected, serving until January i, 1903. He 
has continued the practice of his profession 
in the city of Cortland, as a member of the 
firm of Davis & Lusk. taking an active part 
in mnnv important trials. He early took an 
active interest in Republican politics in Cort- 
land county, and was secretary of the Repub- 
lican county committee from 1898 to 1901, 
and chairman of the Republican county com- 
mittee in 1907-08-09, and has been frequently 

a delegate to state, judicial and other district 

He married, June 15, 1905, Iva A. Yager, 
of Cortland, daughter of Edwin M. and Hattie 
(Hunt) Yager, born January 2. 1883. Their 
children are: Rowland L. (2), born August 3, 
1907, and Harriet Iva, May 2, 1910. 

John Ingersoll, immigrant 
INGERSOLL ancestor, was born in Eng- 
' land, and settled early at 
Hartford, Connecticut. Thence he went to 
Northampton, Massachusetts, about 1655, and 
later to Westfield, but finally returned to 
Northampton. He died at Westfield, Septem- 
ber 3, 1684. He married (first) Dorothy, 
daughter of Thomas Lord, one of the first set- 
tlers of Hartford, about 1651. She died at 
Northampton in January, 1657, aged about 
twenty-six years. He married (second) Abi- 
gail, daughter of Thomas Bascom, one of the 
first settlers of Windsor, Connecticut, where 
she was born and was baptized June 7, 1640. 
He married (third) Mary Hunt, sister of Jon- 
athan Hunt, of Northampton, about 1667. 
Mary Hunt's mother was Mary Webster, 
daughter of John Webster, one of the first 
settlers of Hartford, and fifth governor of the 
colony of Connecticut. Mary Ingersoll died 
at Westfield. September i, 1690. Children of 
first wife: Hannah, born i6;2: Dorothv, 1654; 
Margery, January, 1656. Giildren of second 
wife: Abigail, January 11, 1659; Sarah, Octo- 
ber 30, 1660: Abiah. Ausrust 24. 1663: Hester, 
September 9, 1665. Children of third wife: 
Thomas, Alarch 28, 1668: John, October 19, 
1669, at Westfield; Abel, November 11, 1671 ; 
Ebenezer, October 15, .1673; Joseph, October 
T^. 1671;: Mary, November 17, 1677; Ben- 
jamin, November 15, 1679; Jonathan, men- 
tioned below. 

Jonathan, son of John Ingersoll. was born 
at Westfield,. May 10, 1681. died November 
28. 1760 ('srravestone). In 1707 he was a resi- 
dent of ATilford. Connecticut. He married, in 
T7I2, Sarah Miles, widow of John Mi'es, and 
daughter of Samuel Newton, of Milford, 
'"•randdnusrhter of Robert and Mary Newton. 
She died February 1.1, T748, in the sixty-sec- 
ond vear of her atre. Children : Jonathan, men- 
tioned below; Sarah, born Jime t8. 1716, died 
voung; ]\Tarv, December 14, 1718; D.Tvid, Sep- 
tember 4, T72o; Jared, Tune 3, 1722; Sarah. 

Rev. Jonathan (2) InefersoU, son of Tona- 
than (i) Ingersoll, was born in 17T3, at Strat- 


12 = 

ford, Connecticut. He graduated at Yale Col- 
lege in 1736, and entered the ministry, being 
licensed by the Presbytery of New Jersey, at 
Elizabethtown, February 18, 1736. He lived 
for a time in Newark, New Jersey, and was 
afterward installed as pastor of the Congre- 
gational church, at Ridgefield, Connecticut, 
the second pastor of that church. He was a 
man of fine mind and good heart, and served 
his parish with great ability and fidelity until 
he (lied, October 2, 1778, in the fortieth year 
of his ministry. In 1758 he was chaplain of 
the colonial troops in the French and Indian 
war, and served at Lake Champlain. He mar- 
ried, in 1740, Dorcas, daughter of Rev. Joseph 
Moss, of Derby, Connecticut. She died No- 
vember 29, 181 1, in her eighty-sixth year. Chil- 
dren: Sarah, l)orn October 28, 1741 ; Dorcas, 
October 15, 1743; Jonathan, April 16, 1747; 
Mary, December 20, 1748: Mary (2d) ; Abigail, 
May 2, 1751 ; Joseph, August 11, 1753; Han- 
nah, April 9, 1756; Esther, August 10, 1760; 
Moss, June 6, 1763: Anne, April 5, 1765. 

Jared, brother of Rev. Jonathan (2) Inger- 
soll, was born June 3, 1722, in Alilford. He 
was graduated from Y'ale College in 1742, and 
soon afterward settled in the practice of law 
at New Haven. In 1757 he went to Great 
Britain as agent of the colony, receiving a 
special appointment from the general assem- 
bly of Connecticut. He went again in 1764, 
and was appointed stamp master. ,\t that 
time he was a po]Hilar and influential lawyer, 
but the indignation against the .^tam]) Act ex- 
tended to the official in charge of the enforce- 
ment of the law and a mob assembled and 
compelled him to resign his office. The resig- 
nation was dated at Wethersfield. September 
ig, 1765. In 1770 he was appointed by the 
Crown, judge of the vice-admiralty court, in 
the middle district of the colony, and went to 
Philadelphia to reside. At the beginning of 
the revolution he returned to New Haven, and 
died there. He earned the reputation of being 
one of the ablest and most eloquent lawyers of 
his time. He was of open, frank and engaging 
manner and very successful in his practice. 
He married (first) Hannah Whiting, who died 
in 1779, daughter of Colonel Whiting, and 
granddaughter of Rev. John Whiting. He 
married (second), in 1780, Hannah Ailing. 

(I) Isaac Ingersoll, a descendant of the 
Connecticut family mentioned above, was born 
in Connecticut. He settled, after the revolu- 
tion, in the town of Pawling, Dutchess county. 

New Y'ork, where he was living, according to 
the first federal census in 1790, and had in his 
family two males over sixteen, one under that 
age, and two females. 

(II) Daniel D., son of Isaac Ingersoll, was 
born in 1787, in Connecticut, and removed 
with the family to New Y'ork state, when very 
young. He came to Cincinnatus, New York, 
about 1825, among the first settlers, and lived 
there the remainder of his life. He died there, 
March 8, 1857. He had a common school edu- 
cation and learned several trades, being natur- 
ally skillful with all sorts of tools. He was 
an excellent cabinet-maker, and an expert ma- 
chinist. For many years he operated a saw- 
mill, and he devised the first successful shingle- 
sawing machine. A gifted musician, he played 
the violin remarkably well and made many ex- 
cellent violins, He married Eunice P>urton, 
born in 1790, died at Cincinnatus, New Y'ork, 
May 28, 1853, daughter of Lewis and Lois 
Burton. Children : Stephen Miles, mentioned 
below, and Aman<Ia. 

(HI) Stephen Miles, son of Daniel D. In- 
gersoll, was born in Connecticut, or New Y'ork, 
July 8, 1819, and moved with his ]3arents to 
Dutchess county. He died at North Pitcher, 
New Y'ork, May 14, 1899. He came to Cin- 
cinnatus in childhood with his parents and was 
educated there in the common schools. He 
learned the trade of painter and wagon maker, 
and for many years had a wheelwright and 
carriage shop at Willet, New Y'ork. He lived 
some years in Chenango county, and later 
located at Taylor, Cortland county. New York. 
In religion he was a Methodist; in politics a 
Democrat. He married, February 3. 1842, 
Betsey Mericle, of Cincinnatus, born there 
May I, 1822, died there January 12, 190K 
Children: David Franklin, born February 8, 
1843. settled in the west; Francis Miles, men- 
tioned below: George .Ylfred, born April 14, 
1847. died October 21, 1901 : Adelbert E., born 
June 18, 1849, a farmer and dealer in country 
produce; Henry DeWitt, born May 30, 1851, a 
dealer in livestock at North Pitcher, New 

(IV) Francis Miles, son of Stephen Miles 
Ingersoll, was born in Willet, New York, 
February 22, 1845, 3id was educated there in 
the public schools. He began to work in his 
father's carriage shop and afterward learned 
the trade of carpenter, working at that trade 
until 1873, when he came to Cortland, New 
York, in the employ of the Cortland Wagon 



•Company. He was associated with this con- 
•cern in various important relations for a period 
of twenty-three years. Since 1893 he has de- 
voted his attention to his private affairs, hav- 
ing extensive real estate interests in Cortland 
and elsewhere. He is a member of John L. 
Lewis Lodge, Odd Fellows, of Cortland ; of 
the Cortland Encamjiment and Canton Cort- 
land, and of Bright Light Rebekah Lodge. In 
religion he is a Congregationalist, in jjolitics a 
Democrat. He married (first). 1866, Melissa 
Hinman, of Marathon, died in 1872, daughter 
of Lyman Hinman. He married (second), 
July 4, 1874, Sarah Hammond, of Marathon, 
daughter of Delos and Betsey (Cleveland) 
Hammond. Child of first wife: Lettie, mar- 
ried John Bowen, of Marathon. Child of sec- 
ond wife: Fred ^L D., born October 23, 1877, 
employed in the office of the F'ilot Generator 
Company, in the Hudson Terminal Building, 
50 Church street, New York City ; married 
Edith Niyer. of Cortland, and has one son. 
Donald B., born July 12, 1904. 

Deacon John Warfield, im- 
\\'.\RFIELD migrant ancestor of the Mas- 
sachusetts family, settled first 
at Dedhani, and later at Mendon, Massachu- 
setts, in 1683. He resided on the George place, 
Mendon. and was a prominent citizen, deacon 
and se.xton of the church, antl the first school- 
master of the town. He married (first) Eliza- 
beth Sanford, who died March 24, 1669; (sec- 
ond) Pergrina , who died Ajiril i, 1671 ; 

(third) Hannah Randall. Children of first 
wife: I. John, born .August 20, 1662, married 
Hannah , deeded homestead to son Sam- 
uel before he died, providing for daitghter 
Mary, and mentioning son Elihu in the deed. 
2. Elizabeth. .August 29. i(^()S- Children of 
third wife: 3. Ithamar, March 28, 1676 (an 
Ithamar was living in western Massachusetts 
in 1790, ])robably a grandson). 4. Ephraim. 

October 4, 1679; married Hannah , and 

had Samuel. Eliphalet. Hannah, John, Lydia, 
Experience. Rachel and Ephraim, as shown by 
the will of F,li])halet in i74<;. 5. Elihu, men- 
tioned below. 6. Mary, at Mendon, .\pril 17. 
1685. 7. Elizabeth, March 8, 1688. 

(II ) h~lihu, son of John Warfield, was b"rn 
at Dedham, .\i)ril 27, 1682. His wife Mary 
died September 15. 1717, and he married (sec- 
ond) Sarah . His estate was distributed, 

in 1744, to widow Sarah, then wife of William 
Sprague, and the children, as follows (by first 

wife) : 1. Mary, born November 7, 1715; niar- 
ritd Jonathan Hayward. 2. Elizabeth, .April 
29, 1717: married Eleazer Carpenter, of Reho- 
both. Children of second wife: 3. Elihu, born 
October 24, 1722. 4. Sarah, October 5, 1724; 
married John Albee. 5. Job, July 7. 1726; 
married. June 12, 1 75 1, Huldah Thayer. 

(III) Josiah, nephew of Elihu \\'arfield, 
was born about 1720. In 1774 Josiah and Job 
Warfield, undoubtedly cousins, had settled in 
Charlemont, Hampshire county, Massachu- 
setts, coming with other settlers from Mendon 
and vicinity (see "History of Charlemont"). 
The names of his grandchildren indicate a 
close relationship with Elihu Warfield. As he 
came with Job, son of Elihu; and as Elihu, a 
son of John, was guardian of Job when he 
was fourteen years old, it is probable that Jo- 
siah was son of John, mentioned above, among 
the children of the immigrant. The records 
are not available to prove his parentage, but 
his place in the family is not to be doubted. 

(IV) Joshua, son of Josiah \\'arfield, was 
born at Mendon, .April 15, 1737. and went with 
his father to Charlemont, locating in the por- 
tion now known as the town of Coleraine. He 
was a soldier in the revolution from Coleraine, 
in Captain Lawrence Kemp's comjiany, Febru- 
ary 23 to April ID, 1777, at Ticonderoga ; also 
a fifer in Captain .Valium Ward's company. 
Colonel David Wells' regiment ( Hampshire 
county), from September 22 to October 18, 
1777, and was at the taking of Burgoyne, Sep- 
tember 23, 1777. From July 13 to October 10, 
1780, he was in Captain Isaac Newton's com- 
])any. Colonel S. Murray's regiment. He was 
on a descriptive list of date, .April 28. 1781, 
when his age was stated as twenty-three years, 
liis height five feet five inches, and complexion 
light, a farmer by occupation. He enlisted for 
three years, and. in 1782, we find him in Cap- 
tain Noah .Allen's company, Colonel Joseph 
X'ose's regiment, at Quarters Y'ork Hutts. For 
five years or more he was almost constantly 
in the army. He died July 21. 1833. He mar- 
ried, Alarch 23. 1784. Prudence Buck, born 
Novemlier 4, 1760, died June 7. 1833. Chil- 
dren: I. Betsey, born March 23, 1783. 2. 
(cisiah. h>bruary 6, 1787. 3. Sary, November 
21, 1788. 4. Joshua. .August 10, T790. 3. 
Job, .April 21, 1792. 6. Prudence, .August 6, 
1794. 7. Palmer. May 23, 1796. 8. Jerusha, 
June 8, 1798. <). Elihu. .April 8. 1801. 10. 
Dorothea, June 1, 1803. 

(\") Joshua (2), son of Joslnia (i) War- 





field, was born in Coleraine, August lo, 1790, 
and died 1870. He came to Xew York state 
in 1827, and settled at Groton. Tompkins coun- 
ty, driving to Albany from bis former home 
and thence coming by the Erie canal to Syra- 
cuse. Xew York. He was one of the pioneers 
in the town and lived there the remainder of 
his life. He married, December 20, 181 5, 
Catherine Thompson, born June 23, 1793, died 
December 21, 1869, daughter of Ste])hen 
Thompson, who was a soldier in the revolu- 
tion. Children: i. William Lyman, burn De- 
cember 2, 1816. died April, 1877. 2. Thurber. 
January 29. 1818, mentioned below. 3. Asa 
"H., December 14, 1819. 4. Catherine. July 29, 
1821, died August 22, 1845. 5- Eliza A.. July 
22, 1823. 6. Samuel N., December 8, 1826, 
died September 29. 1857. 7. Nancy, h'ebruary 
26, 1829, died August 2^. 1835. 8. I'hebe. 
born September 3. 1836. 

(\'I) Thurber, son of Joshua (2) Warfield. 
was born in Massachusetts, at Coleraine, or 
vicinity. January 29. 181 8. died at Cortland. 
New York. September 17. 1900. He was nine 
years old when he came to Xew York with his 
parents, and he lived at Groton. Tompkins 
county, until 1857, and was educated there in 
the public schools. All his life he was a farmer. 
After 1857 he made his home at Cortland. New 
York. In politics he was a Whig, and in later 
years was a great admirer and earnest follower 
of Horace Greeley, the great editor of the 
Neiv York fribiinc, from the time it was 
founr'ed until he died. The only time he voted 
anv other than the Republican ticket, after the 
Republican party was founded, was when 
Greeley himself was candidate for President 
on the Democratic ticket. In religion he was 
liberal in his views and belonged to no denomi- 
nation. He married (first), November 26. 
1840, Rhoda Little, born in Tompkins coimty. 
September 3, 181 7, died July 12, 1874, daugh- 
ter of Rarzilla and Hepsibah (Howe) Little. 
He married (second) Lucy A. ( Perigo ) War- 
field, widow of William L. Warfield, and she 
survives him. Children, all by first wife: 1. 
Hepsy, died in childhood. 2. Hepsy Catherine, 
born November 6. 1843. "^I'^fl April 23. 1880; 
married, January i, 1861, George D. Calkins, 
who died December 22. 1883. 3. Elbert Joshua, 
mentioned below. 

(VH) Elbert Joshua, son of Thurber War- 
field, was born in Groton, Tom]3kins county. 
New York, March 27, 1833. He was but two 
years old \vhen the family came to Cortland. 

and he attended the district schools there and 
the Cortland Normal School. He worked at 
farming in his boyhood and for three years 
after leaving school, and then for three years 
engaged in the manufacture of butter and 
cheese. While in the west he learned the trade 
of brick mason and followed it for four years, 
returning to Xew York state in 1882, and for 
a short time he was employed at his trade in 
Syracuse. In 1884 he came to Cortland again, 
and in partnership with D. C. Reers, under the 
firm name of Beers & Warfield, engaged in the 
business he has since followed as a mason and 
contractor. The firm has had the contract for 
mason work on many of the business buildings 
and manufacturing plants in the city of Cort- 
land, such as the great Wickwire plant, the 
Cortland Wagon Company, the Garrison Block, 
the Cortland House, the Wallace Block. In 
their line of trade the members of this firm 
stand among the foremost in the city. Mr. 
Warfield was trustee of the incorporated vil- 
lage of Cortland for four years, and has also 
been on the board of fire commissioners and 
the board of ]iolice commissioners of the city. 
He is a member of \'esta Lodge. ( )dd P'ellows. 
He married, (Jctober 3, 1883. Flva F. Town- 
lev, born at McLean. Xew York. .November 
in. i8sc). daughter of Lucius anil ( )ctavia 
(Marsh) Townley. Her father was born at 
Ludlowville. Tompkins county. Xew York. 
February 7. 1822. son of Smith T<iwnley. who 
liverl in Pennsylvania. Charles Townley. father 
of Smith Townley. was born in 1762. and 
served in the revolutionary war. Effingham 
Townley. father of Charles Townley. was born 
in 1729, and married Jemima Earle. Richard 
Townley, father of Effingham Townley, set- 
tled in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Xicholas Town- 
ley, father of Richard Townley. died in 1687, 
aged seventy-six years. The ancestry of the 
Townley line in England has been traced to 
the year 1473. Children of Mr. and Mrs. 
\A'arfield: i. Louise, born July 7. 1887; mar- 
rieil. December 13. i^jcx). Jose])h F. Twenty- 
man, electrician of Cortland. 2. Claude Town- 
ley, born September 2. 1893. ,3- Mildred lone, 
born December 13. 1896. 

The P>eers family a]5pears to have 
BEERS originated in the parish of West- 

cliffe. countv of Kent. England, at 
a place called Bere"s of lever's Court. William 
de Bere. of liere's Court, was bailiff of Dover 
about 1273. and Xicholas de Bere held the 



Manor of Bere's Court in the twentieth year 
of the reign of Henry III. Of this family was 
Roger Byer, or Bere, who died in the reign of 
Queen Alary. In 1542 his son John purchased 
the Horsman Place, in Dartford, said to have 
been a mansion of some note. In his will, 
dated 1572, John Beer founded four ahns- 
houses in Dartford, and devised his mansion 
to his eldest son Henry. His grandson, Ed- 
ward Beer, died unmarried in 1627, bequeath- 
ing Horsman Place to John Twistleton, of 

(I) Martin Beer, or Bere, of Rochester, is 
the first ancestor to which the American fam- 
ily can be traced in an unbroken line. He was 
living in Rochester, county Kent, in i486; 
married a daughter of Thomas Nyssell, of 
Wrotham, England. 

(II) John Beer, son of Martin Beer, or 
Bere, married Faith, daughter of John Roy- 
den, of Rochester, and had James and Mary. 

(III) James Beer, son of John Beer, mar- 
ried Dorothy, daughter of John Kingswood, 
gentleman, of Rochester, and had two sons, 
John and James. 

(IV) John (2) Beer, son of James Beer, 
lived at Gravesend ; married Mary, daughter 
of Robert Selby, of Yorkshire. Children : 
John ; Samuel ; Richard, known as captain, 
born 1607, came to America in 1635, and locat- 
ed at Watertown, Massachusetts, represented 
his town in the general court tliirteen years, 
commanded a company in the Pe(|uot war and 
was slain by Indians near Xorthfield, Septem- 
ber 4, 1675 ; James, mentioned below ; Mary. 

(V) James (2) Beer, son of John (2) Beer, 
of Gravesend, was a mariner and died before 
1635. His widow Hester died in 1635, and in 
the same year their two sons, Anthony and 
James, accompanied their uncle, Richard Beers, 
to America. James located in Fairfield, Con- 
necticut, in 1657, and purchased a house and 
lot in 1659, and another lot in 1661, in Green- 
field. He was admitted a freeman in 1664. He 
died in 1694. Anthony, the other son, is men- 
tioned below. 

(VI) Anthony Beers, from whom most of 
the Connecticut families of this surname are 
descended, son of James (2) Beers, was born 
at Gravesend, England. He came to Water- 
town, Massachusetts, with his uncle, Richard 
Beers, and took the freeman's oath there. May 
6, 1657. He then removed to the adjacent 
town of Roxbury, and, in 1658, to Fairfield, 
Connecticut. He was a mariner, and was lost 

at sea in 1676, his widow Elizabeth surviving 
him. Children : Samuel, born at Watertown, 
May 9, 1647, died young; Ephraim, July 5, 
1648; John, mentioned below; Esther, October 
16, 1654; Samuel, May 2, 1657, died aged four 
months; Barnabas, September 6, 1658; Eliza- 
beth, April, 1661, at Fairfield. 

(VII) John (3), son of Anthony Beers, 
was born at Watertown, Massachusetts, Janu- 
ary 20, 1652. He was a soldier and was severe- 
ly wounded in King Philip's war, December 
19- 1675, took part in the Xarragansett fight, 
and died soon afterward. He joined the church 
at Stratford, Connecticut. About 1667 he 
bought a house lot, "bounded east by the street, 
west by the burying place, south by a highway 
four rods wide, and north on the common 
land." That highway now leads to the Strat- 
ford Congregational burying-ground. He and 
his wife had but one child recorded, Samuel, 
mentioned below. 

(VIII) Samuel, son of John (3) Beers, 
was born November 9, 1679, "died at Newtown, 
March 12, 1725. He married, in 1706, Sarah, 
daughter of Samuel and Mary (Titharton) 
Sherman, the latter a daughter of Daniel and 
Jane Titharton. Children : Mary, born July 9, 
1708, in Stratford; John, September i, 1710; 
Samuel, June 26, 1712; Daniel, November 23, 
1714; Abraham, at Newtown; Nathan, men- 
tioned below; Hannah, May, 1722; Abigail, 
April 17, 1724. 

( IX ) Nathan, son of Samuel Beers, was 
born at Newtown, Connecticut, February 10, 
1719, and followed the trade of blacksmith in 
his native town and at Norwalk. He died June 
18, 1805, and his wife, Lydia (Hawley) Beers, 
died June 30, 1776, aged seventy-one. Chil- 
dren : Nathan ; Ebenezer, mentioned below ; 
Samuel. Lydia, Hannah, Abijah, Ezekiel, 
Sarah, Abigail, Mary, Anna and Esther. 

(X) Ebenezer, son of Nathan Beers, was 
born about 1740, in Norwalk or vicinity.' He 
settled in Minisink, Orange county. New York. 
According to the census of 1790 he had two 
sons (three males) over sixteen, one under 
sixteen and two females in his family. 

(XI) A son of Ebenezer remained in 
Orange county. Among his children were John ; 
Joseph, mentioned below; Irene and Rebecca. 

(XII) Joseph, son of Beers, came 

from Orange county. New York, and settled 
in Cortland, New York, where he died, aged 
sixty-seven years. For many years he follow- 
ed his trade as brick mason, at Cortland, and 



for about twenty years he followed farming. 
He married Mehitable Winters, of Long Island, 
who died February 19, 1873, aged sixty-one 
years. Children : John, Jonas, Elmira ; David 
Clark, mentioned below ; Charles F. and Henry. 

(XIH) David Clark, son of Joseph Beers, 
was born in Middletown, Orange county, New 
York, December 21, 1843, ^"'^l came with his 
parents to Cortlandville, New York, when he 
was four years old, and received a common 
school education there. He enlisted, October 
4, 1861, in Company A, Seventy-sixth Regi- 
ment, New York Infantry, and served until 
September i, 1865, when his company was 
mustered out, at the close of the civil war. His 
company was in the Army of the Potomac, and 
he took part in the second battle of Bull Run, 
the battles of Gettysburg, Cedar Moimtain, 
Chancellorsville, and all the other engagements 
in which his company participated. He was 
wounded at Bull Run and (iettysburg. At the 
close of the term of his enlistment Mr. Beers 
returned to Cortland, learned the trade of 
mason and worked at it a number of years. 
In 18S4 he formed a partnership with E. J. 
Warfield, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere 
in this work. The firm of Beers & Warfield 
prospered from the first and has done a large 
share of the business in its line as contractors 
and builders in the city of Cortland. Many of 
the business buildings, mills, factories, hotels 
and residences have been built by this firm. 
Mr. Beers served the village corporation for 
two years as trustee, before Cortland was in- 
corporated as a city. He is a member of 
Grover Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of 
which lie is past commander. 

He married, in 1871, Helen M. Wadsworth, 
born in Homer, April 26, 1851, daughter of 
Ela and Amanda (Howe) Wadsworth (see 
Wadsworth VIII). Children: Carrie, died in 
childhood; Harry, born January 11, 1878, a 
mason by trade; Gertrude, died aged twelve 
years; William, born March 22, 1884, mar- 
ried Catherine Dugan, of Binghamton, New 
York; Lena, October 19, 1888. married John 
M. Smith, of Syracuse, New York. 

(The Wadsworth Line). 

The surname Wadsworth is derived from 
the Anglo-Saxon words Waldes-worth, mean- 
ing Wood's Court, and from very ancient times 
has been in use in Yorkshire, England, where 
it is still common. The surname Walworth 
had the same origin. The only coat-of-arms 

of Wadsworth is of the Yorkshire family, and 
is described : Gules, three fleurs-de-lis, stalked 
and slipped, argent. Two immigrants of the 
family, probably sons of Thomas Wadsworth, 
came from England to America in the early 
settlement, Christopher, William, mentioned 
below. The Bible that Christopher brought 
with him is still preserved in the Cowler fam- 
ily of Hartford. He settled in Duxbury, Mas- 
sachusetts, and became a prominent citizen. 

( I ) William Wadsworth came with his 
brother Christopher in the ship "Lion," land- 
ing at Boston, Sunday, September 16, 1632, 
after a voyage of twelve weeks. It is believed 
that he was here earlier and had returned to 
England. He was born about 1600. He was 
admitted freeman of Massachusetts Bay Col- - 
ony, November 6, 1633. He settled in Cam- 
bridge, and when the town was organized was 
elected to the first board of selectmen, and 
served in 1634-35. From Cambridge he came 
to Hartford, Connecticut, in the Hooker com- 
pany, and lived there the remainder of his 
days. He died in 1675. He was among the 
more wealthy and substantial proprietors of 
the town. He was collector in 1637; select- 
man, 1642-47, and active in church and state 
affairs. His home lot was co-extensive with 
the present scjuare bounded by Asylum, Trum- 
bull and West Pearl streets, and the road to 
the river, and continued in the family imtil 
1773. when it went into the hands of George 
and William Burr, relatives. He married (sec- 
ond) Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Samuel 
Stone. Children of first wife: Sarah, married 
John Wilcox; William, died in infancy; Mary, 
married Thomas Stoughton ; John, mentioned 
below. Children of second wife: Elizabeth, 
1645; Samuel, 1646; Joseph, captain, immor- 
talized in history by his exploit in hiding the 
colonial charter in the Charter Oak ; Sarah, 
1650; Thomas, 1651 ; Rebecca. 1656. 

(II) John, son of William Wadsworth, was 
born in Hartford. He was an early settler of 
Farmington, Connecticut, where he lived until 
his death, in 1659. He was one of the most 
prosperous and influential citizens. In 1669 
of eighty-four taxable estates his was third, 
with a valuation of one hundred and eighty- 
three pounds. He was sergeant of the mili- 
tary company, and member of what was later 
called the state senate. He was present when 
his brother. Captain Joseph Wadsworth, con- 
cealed the charter. He married Sarah Stanley, 
also born in Hartford, who survived him. 



Children : Sarah, born 1657 ; Samuel. 1660, 
mentioned below: John, 1662; Mercy, 1665; 
William, 1671 ; Nathaniel (twin), 1677; James 
(twin), 1677; Thomas, if)8o; Hezekiah, 1^183. 

( III ) Samuel, son of John Wadswcjrth. was 
born in 1060, in Farniington, Connecticut. In 
1699 and 171 1 he represented the town in the 
general assembly, and, in 1713, he was a lieu- 
tenant in the militia. He married, at Farming- 
ton, in i68y, Hannah Judson. Children, born 
at Farniington: Hannah. 1693: Sarah, 1695; 
Samuel, mentioned below. 

( I\' ) Samuel ( 2 ), son of Samuel ( i ) Wads- 
worth, was born in Farniington, in 1689, died 
there, in 1745. He married (first), in 1728, 
Susanna Fenn, who died in 1732, and (sec- 
ond), in 1737, Rebecca Porter. Child of first 
wife: James, born 1729. Children of second 
wife: Samuel, mentioned below ; Asa, married, 
at Tyringham, Massachusetts. February 19, 
1761, Sarah Hill: Hannah. 

(\') Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Wads- 
worth, was born at Farniington, and settled 
with his brothers at Tyringham. He was a 
soldier in the revolution, in Captain Ezekiel 
Herrick's company. Colonel Brown's regiment 
(Berkshire county), from Tyringham, June 
29 to Julv 21. 1777, reinforcing the northern 
army. lie married Thankful . Chil- 
dren, born at Tyringham : Reuben, mentioned 
below: Susanna and Ezekiel (twins), June 7, 
1767; Silas, May, 1770: Sarah, May 23 or 
June 15, 1773; Amos and James, September 
30, 1775 (twins). 

(\T) Reuben, son of Samuel (3) Wads- 
worth, was born at Tyringham, Massachusetts, 
December 6, 1762, died in 1837. He married 

Rtith . Chililren, born at Tyringham: 

Electa, born 1784, married Gideon Hobart : 
.Archibald, mentioned below: Berenice, 1793; 
Sylvester; Samuel F.. born 1798. 

(VH) .Archibald, son of Reuben Wads- 
worth, was born at Tyringham, in 1787, died 
in 1873. He settled at Homer, New York, and 
became a prominent and respected farmer of 
that town. He was a member of the Congre- 
gational church. He married Eunice Main, 
who (lied in 1872, aged seventy-nine years. 
Children, born at Homer: Manly, born 1817; 
Ela, mentioned below ; Waty jane, married 
Erastus Goodell ; Electa, 1831, married Syl- 
vester Kinney. 

(\'Ul) Ela. son of .-Xrchibald Wadsworth, 
was born in Homer, New York, in 1826. He 
was a f;irnuT in Cortland all his active life. 

He married, in 1847, .\nianda Howe. Chil- 
dren: Alvea A., born 1849, died 1863; Helen 
M., i8si, married David C. Beers (see Beers 
.XllI): William H., i8s2, died 1861 : Harvey 
F,., 1856, died 1858: Myron H., 1858, died 
iS(n : ^lary L., 1861, married George T. Latti- 
nier ; Clark H., 1863. married Estella Fierce : 
Marvin W.. 1866, married Xenia Doran ; Mil- 
ton E., 1869. 

The family of Edgcomb is a 
EDCiCr)Mr> very old and distinguished 
family in Devonshire, Eng- 
land, and has been settled in the parish of Mil- 
ton Abbot from a remote period. Certain old 
documents relative to them are written in the 
Norman-F"rench, and in them the name ap- 
pears as "de Eggescombe." In the mansion 
of the elder family there is an inscription on 
an old gateway dated "R. E.." 1292. Th.» 
name was derived from the seat and is spelled 
variously in old documents as Eggescombe, 
F^dgescombe, Edgecomb and Edgecumbe. 

( I ) John Edgcomb, immigrant ancestor, 
was the son of Nicholas Edgecomb, of Plym- 
outh. England, and is supposed to have set- 
tled first in Kittery, Maine, as early as 1640. 
A Nicholas Edgecomb, probably the father of 
[olin, was instnnnental in establishing a settle- 
ment on Casco Bay, and visited it in 1658. 
John Edgcomb did not remain permanently in 
Kittery, but removed to New London, Con- 
necticut, where he settled about 1673. He re- 
ceived a grant of land through the Connecti- 
cut assembly in 1663. His estate consisted of 
a "homestead in the town plot and two con- 
siderable farms." He married (first), Febru- 
ary 9, 1673. Sarah, daugliter of Edward Stal- 
li(jn. He married (second) Elizabeth, widow 
of Joshua Flempstead. Children: John, born 
November 14, 1675: Sarah, July 29, 1678: 
Joanna, March 3, 1679 : Nicholas, January 2^. 
1681-82: .Samuel, 1689; Thomas, mentioned 

(H) Thomas, son of John Edgcomb, was 
born 1694. in New London, and settled in 
Norwich before 1720. He married (first) 
Catherine Copp. He married (second) Esther 
Post. The latter survived him but a few 
months. While on her way to New London, 
she was thrown from her horse and severely 
hi'rt. She lived for two weeks in great agony, 
and though the best medical skill was eni- 
jiloyed. she died May 20, 1746, at the age of 
forty. He died in Norwich. September 16, 



1745. Children of first wife: Thomas, died 
in Norwich, April 29, 1755; John, was in the 
expedition against Cape Breton, and died there 
after the surrender in 1746, aged twenty: Jon- 
athan, a seaman by occupation, taken by a 
Spanish privateer August 3, 1752, carried U> 
Spain, and imprisuned there for several months, 
he escaped and reached a h'rench port in safety, 
worked his passage to England on an English 
vessel, but was seized by a press gang and 
forced on board a man-of-war; after a year's 
service he again escaped, and finally reached 
home. November 30, 1754, is said to have 
settled in \'ermont ; Samuel, mentioned below. 

(III) Samuel, son of Thomas Edgcomb, 
was born 1730, and married, ^lay 7, 1752, 
Dorothy Smith, of Groton, Connecticut. He 
settled there, and was by trade a cabinet- 
maker, also a farmer. He was an important 
member of the society for the prcjpagation of 
the gospel in foreign parts. He was deacon 
of the First Presbyterian Church, vestryman 
or warden from 17(15 to 17^17, and a man of 
great worth. He died August 14, 1795, and 
his wife, Januar}- 14, 1813, aged eiglity-four. 
Children: Katherine. born March 8, 1753. died 
March 14, 1759: Dorothy, December 8, 1754: 
David, June 8, 1756; Elizabeth, January 15, 
1758; Samuel, February 28, 1760: Gilbert. 
March 3, 1762, mentioned below: Jabez. Octo- 
ber 6, 1763: Hannah, May 27, 1765: Thomas. 
June 29, 1767; Asa, April 14. 1772, died Sep- 
tember 4, 1774. 

(IV) Gilbert, son of Sanniel ICdgcunib, was 
born March 3, 1762, and married, June 21. 
1790, Lucy AUyn, of North (iroton. Connecti- 
cut, now Ledyard. He removed thence to 
Broughton, where his children were born. He 
was a soldier of the revolution, and enlisted 
when only fifteen years old. He was with 
Washington at \'alley Forge, and serve<l 
through a three years' campaign. He receiveil 
an honorable discharge in 1780. September 
6, 1781, he volunteered in defence of F"ort 
Griswold. The garrison consisted of one hun- 
dred and sixty men, of whom eighty-four were 
killed on the spot. The remaining seventy-six 
were taken prisoners, placed on board a irian- 
of-war and carried to New York. Here they 
were imprisoned in an old sugar house until 
after the surrender of Cjeneral Cornwallis. 
when they were discharged. In 1820 he re- 
moved to Cortland, New York. He was a 
farmer by occupation: a man of sound mind 
and unyielding will. Children, born in Brough- 

ton : Lucy, April 14, 1795; Gilbert, September 
~7- 1797; Erastus, October 15, 1803; Isaac 
.\llyn, mentioned below. 

(\ ) Isaac Allyn, son of Gilbert Edgcomb, 
was born May 12, 1806, in Ciroton, died July 
(), i860. He married, 1828, Clarissa Wood- 
ruff, born in I-"armington, Connecticut, .\ugust 
19. 1800. died October [5, 1865, daughter of 
(iedor and Sarah (Ingham) Woodruff. Her 
father, (iedor Woodruff, was born July 20, 
1761, served three years in the revolutionary 
war, he was the son of Zebulon Woodruff, 
born March 11, 1718. The latter was the son 
of Joseph, born in 1679, son of John, born 
1643, son of Matthew Woodruff". Children : 
I. Charles A., born May 9, 1829 ; married Mary 
J. Tucker, November 6, 1876; child, Charles 
R.. burn Julv 25, 1882, lived in Spafford, New 
\'(irk. 2. Frances J., November 23, 1830; 
married Irving A. Wheeler, of Stonington, 
Connecticut, 1859; lived in Providence. 3. 
Sarah T., June 16, 1832: married, in 1858, 
Gilbert I. Honywell : lived in Homer, New 
Viirk. 4. Isaac, October 16, 1834, mentioned 
below. 5. Martin, June 7, i83(>; married, No- 
vember 13, i86f), Eiuily G. Merritt, a shoe 
dealer by occupation, in Cortland: six chil- 
dren : Lena E., born December 2^. 1867 : Louis 
E., August 24, 1869; J. Cirace., November 23. 
1873; ^I- Clenn. October 3, 1875: AUvn I., 
.\pril 25, 1878: R. Irene, June 28, 189'!. 6. 
George W., November 2^, 1840; married F. 
Eudell Sc|uires, July 9, 1872: child, James E., 
born July 9, 1873, (lied November 24, 1878. 7. 
Clark A.. January 22, 1843 : marrieil. Novem- 
ber, i8fi8, Atldie Lyon; children: Oliver C, 
born 1870: Addie A., July 18, 1875: lived in 
South Frankfort, Alichigan. 

( \'I ) Isaac, son of Isaac Allyn Edgcomb, 
was born in (jroton. New York, October 16, 
1834, and received his education in the com- 
uKin schools of liis native town. In 1852 he 
came to Cortland. New York, and learned the 
harness-maker's trade. He continued in this 
business until 1900, when he retired. He has 
always been actively identified with the Meth- 
odist church, in Cortland, and, for forty years, 
has been its steward and trustee. He married, 
March 13, 1861. Evaline D., daughter of Isaac 
and Nancy ( Peabody ) Spencer, born in X'irgil. 
New York. December 25. 1834. Her father 
was the son of Amos Spencer, who married 
Dorcas Woodcock ; they iiad twelve cliildren. 
ten sons and two daughters. Amos Spencer 
was the son of Thomas Spencer, who was a 



descendant of William Spencer, of Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, in 1631. Both Thomas and 
Amos Spencer served as captains in the revolu- 
tion. Child of Mr. and Mrs. Edgcomb: Ernest 
Isaac, born January 10, 1867; he was educated 
in the State Normal School, in Cortland, and 
graduated in 1884; also at Syracuse Univer- 
sity, from which he graduated in 1888. He 
then studied law in the office of Nottingham 
& Goodell, of Syracuse, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1891. He practices law in Syracuse, 
and is also professor of law in Syracuse Uni- 
versity. He is at present attorney for the 
Beebe trolley lines, which run out of Syracuse, 
and surveyor of customs for the port of that 
city. For several terms he was chairman of 
the board of supervisors in Syracuse, and offi- 
ciated as such when the new courthouse was 
erected, as well as member of the building 
committee, the building costing $1,400,000. He 
is a member of several college fraternities and 
other fraternal organizations, and steward in 
the First Methodist Church. He married, 
April 20, 1898, Grace, daughter of Frank J. 
Webb, of Syracuse. They have one son, Julian 
Webb, born December 3, 1902. 

The Newton family, which is 
NEWTON one of the most numerous in 

New England, is of English 
origin, and was founded in America early in 
the colonial period. It is still very numerously 
represented throughout New England, and is 
identified with the best interests of that sec- 
tion, contributing its proportionate share to its 
development and progress. Representatives 
are now scattered over distant states. 

(I) Richard Newton, whose birthplace and 
ancestry has been the subject of many years 
study by well equipped genealogists, arrived 
in Massachusetts prior to 1645, in which year 
he was admitted a freeman of the colony and 
resided for several years in Sudbury. In com- 
pany with John Howe and others he petition- 
ed for the settlement of Marlborough, whose 
incorporation as a town they secured in 1666, 
and removing thither, he located in that part 
of the town which was afterwards set off as 
Southborough. He lived to be nearly one 
hundred years old, and died about August 24, 
1 701. The Christian name of his wife was 
cither Anna or Hannah, and she died Decem- 
ber 5, 1697. Their children, as shown by the 
records of Marlborough, were: John, born 
1641 ; Moses, 1646; Ezekiel ; Joseph; Hannah, 

April 13, 1654, died uimiarried ; Daniel, De- 
cember 21, 1655. There may have been others. 

(II) Daniel, fifth son of Richard and Anna 
(probably Loker) Newton, was born Decem- 
ber 21, 1655, probably in Sudbury, and died 
November 20, 1739, in Marlborough. He lived 
in that part of the town which was subsequent- 
ly set off as Southborough. He married, in 
Alarlborough, December 30. 1679, Susannah 
Morse, born January 11, 1663, in Watertown, 
Massachusetts, daughter of Joseph and Sus- 
annah (Shattuck) Morse. Children: i. Dan- 
iel, mentioned below. 2. Benjamin, born May 
I, 1683; married, October 3, 1712, Abigail 
Knapp, of Newton. 3. Susanna, born Febru- 
ary 14. 1684. 4. Isaac, born March 12, 1686; 
married Sarah . 5. Ephraim, born Feb- 
ruary 12, 1689; married. May 29, 171 1, Chris- 
tian Ripley. 6. Abraham, born Alarch 2, 1691 ; 
married, October 20, 1709, Rachel Newton. 
7. Mary, born July 26, 1693, died August 12, 
171 1. 8. Samuel, born August 10, 1695, died 
1 77 1. 9. Nathaniel, born September 4. 1697. 
10. Lydia, born August 24, 1699; married, Au- 
gust 12, 1719, Samuel Morse. 11. Mary, born 
May 10. 1702; married, September i, 1725, 
Othniel Taylor, of Worcester. 

(HI) Daniel (2), eldest child of Daniel (i) 
and Susanna ( Morse) Newton, was born May 
29, 1681, in Marlborough, where he probably 
passed his life. He married Sarah Hutton, 
and they were the parents of Daniel ; Ezekiel. 
mentionetl below ; Elizabeth ; William ; Judith, 
died young: Judith: Robert, and Joanna. 

(IV) Ezekiel, second son of Daniel (2) and 
Sarah (Hutton) Newton, was born August 
27, 1707, in Marlboroug-h, and resided in South- 
borougli, where he was a farmer. No record 
of his death appears. He married, May 31, 
1 73 1, in Marlborough, Tirzah, daughter of 
Jonathan and Bethiah (Rice) Newton, whose 
ancestry is as follows: 

Moses, son of Richard Newton, was born in 
1646, and resided in Marlborough. October 
27, 1668, he married Joanna Larkin, who died 
December 25, 1713. and, on April 14, 1714, he 
married for his second wife, Sarah Joslin. She 
died November 4, 1723. Moses was the father 
of eleven children. He distinguished himself 
in defending the town against the savages dur- 
ing King Philip's war. In relation to this inci- 
dent the Rev. Asa Packard wrote the follow- 
ing account : 

The Sahliatli when Mr. Brimsmead was in sermon 
(March 20, 1676), the worshiping was somewhat 



dispersed by the outcry of "Indians at the dor." 
The confusion of the first moment was instantly 
increased by a fire from the enemy: but the God 
whom tliey were worshiping shielded tlieir lives and 
limbs, excepting the arms of one Moses Newton, 
who was carrying an elderly and infirm woman to 
a place of safety. In a few moments they were 
sheltered in their fort, with the mutual feelings 
peculiar to such a scene. Their meeting house and 
their dwelling houses left without protection, were 
burnt. Fruit-trees pulled and hacked and other 
valuable effects rendered useless perpetuated the 
barbarit}' of the savages many years after the 
inhabitants returned. The enemy retired soon after 
their first onset, declining to risk the enterprise 
and martial prowess of the young plantation. 

Jonathan, son of Moses and Joanna (Lar- 
kin) Xewton, was born September 30, 1679, 
in Marlborough, and married there, October 
26, 1708, Bethiaii Rice, born October 29, 1682, 
•daughter of Daniel and r.ethiali (Ward) Rice. 
Children : Tirzali, married Ezekiel Newton ; 
Jonathan, Tabitha, Bethiah, Johanna, Heph- 
ziba, David, Thankful, Gideon, Nathan and 

Children of Ezekiel and Tirzah (Newton) 
Newton : Elizabeth, born February 19, 1832, 
in Marlborough ; Alexander, February 14, 1733 ; 
Nehemiah, June 23, 1736; Persis, February 
18, 1741 ; Ezekiel, mentioned below; Daniel, 
May 20, 1749. All except the first are record- 
ed in Southborough. 

(V) Ezekiel (2), son of Ezekiel (i) and 
Tirzah (Newton) Newton, was born August 
30, 1745, in Southborough, and resided in 
Marlborough until 1776, or later, and probably 
resided elsewhere thereafter. He was a private 
in Captain Josiah White's company, of Lieu- 
tenant-Colonel Benjamin Flagg's division, Colo- 
nel Samuel Denney's (Worcester county) regi- 
ment, which marched, August 21, 1777, on 
alarm and was turned back. He is credited 
with five days' service, including two days' 
( forty miles ) march home. Roll dated Spen- 
cer. He died December 5, 1792, but this date 
does not appear on any public records. He 
probably resided in Marlborough at the time. 
Diligent search fails to disclose the tnaiden 
name of his wife Tabitha. who was born Au- 
gust 14, 1746. Four of his children are re- 
corded in Marlborough : Persis, born March 
16, 1771 : Polly, March 29, 1772; Haven, De- 
cember 29, 1773; Windsor, January 15, 1776. 
Private records indicate four other children. 

(VI) Ezekiel (3), son of Ezekiel (2) and 

Tabitha ( ) Newton, was born .\pril 12, 

1788, in Northborough, and died February 11, 

1852, at Groton, New York. He was a shoe- 
maker by trade and lived for some years in 
North Concord, now Lisbon, New Hampshire, 
where he was toll-keeper of the bridge over 
the Ammonusuc river. The present name of 
Lisbon was adopted in 1824. For fifty years 
previous there had been two Concords in the 
state of New Hampshire. In 181 1 he removed 
from Lisbon to Tompkins county. New York, 
and settled first at Groton City, New York. 
Soon after removing to Summer Hill, New 
York. He married in Bolton, Massachusetts, 
April 16, 18 10, Rebecca Moore, born January 
9, 1787, in that town; died June 9, 1871, in 
Cortland, New York. The record of his mar- 
riage in Bolton calls hitn "Ezekial Newton of 
North Concord, New Hampshire." Children : 
I. Charles, mentioned below. 2. Elihu Reed, 
born September 18, 181 2, died October 7, 
1899, at Wayne, Pennsylvania. 3. Ezekiel A., 
born October 25, 1814, at (jroton. New York, 
died there, July 9, 1859. 4. Orissa, born April 
14, 1816, at Groton. 5. Albert, born July 10, 
1817, at Groton, died December 6, 1906. 6. 
Nancy E., born April 14, 1820. died Novem- 
ber, 1868. 7. Adelia C, born August 13, 1822, 
died March 10, 1897. 8. Caroline M., born 
June 13, 1824, died September, 1896. 9. 
George M., born August 24, 1826, living at 
Groton, New York. 10. Andrew, born Sep- 
tember 10, 1828, died February 12, 1837. 

(VII) Charles, eldest child of Ezekiel (3) 
and Rebecca ( Moore ) Newton, was born April 
23, 181 1, in North Concord, New Hampshire, 
and died November 14, 1894, in Groton, New 
York, where he was a farmer. He married, 
June 15, 1834, at Summer Hill, New York, 
Mary Woolsey, of that town, born August i, 
1812, died June 2, 1891, in Groton. Children: 
I. George, born Alarch 19, 1835, died June 5, 
1857. 2. Rebecca Jane, born December 6, 
1837; married Myron F. Thomas, of Groton, 
New York ; resides in Pasadena. 3. Charles 
Burdette, born August 16, 1840. resides in 
Groton. 4. Hiratri, born March Ti, 1848, died 
May 22, 1849. 5- W'illiani Henry, born De- 
cember 29. 1850. died July 23, 1851. (\. Will- 
iam Henry, mentioned below. 

(VIII) William Henry, son of Charles and 
Mary (Woolsey) Newton, was born Septem- 
ber 15, 1853, in Locke, New York, and learn- 
ed the trade of carriage trimming. He was 
in the coal and lumber business in his younger 
days, in (jroton. New York. In 1883 he locat- 
ed at Cortland, New York, where he engaged 



in the manufacture of carriage goods and is 
still conducting- a prosperous business at tha: 
place. He is a member of the Baptist church. 
He married, June 6, 1876, in Groton, Mary 
Alida Williams, born June 6, 1856, in that 
town, daughter of James Williams, a native of 
the same jilace, and Lydia Ellen ( Brown ) 
Williams, born .-Kugust 6, 1726, daughter of 
David Brown, of Groton, Massachusetts, who 
was son of David Brown, of Plum Hollow, 
\'ermont, who served in the revolutionary war. 
(IX) Earle Williams, only child of William 
Henry and Mary A. (Williams) Xewton, was 
born February 9, 1879, in Groton, New York. 
He was educated at Cortland Normal School 
and Phillips Andover .Academy, graduating in 
1899. After graduation he went into the office 
of his father's manufacturing plant until De- 
cember I, T<)oi, when he was taken into part- 
nershi]) with his father at Cortland, and to- 
gether they conducted a business under the 
firm name of W. H. Newton & Son. He 
married. June 22, 1909, in Colora, Maryland, 
Anna Moore, born February 16, 1883, in that 
town, daughter of William H. Moore, whose 
father was a Quaker farmer living at that 
place, and India S. (Christie) Moore, of Col- 
ora, Maryland. 

(The Williams Line). 

(i) Deacon William Williams, of Salem, 
Massachusetts, born November 11, 1749, died 
August 8, 1854. He married Hiphza Samson, 
and they had ten children. 

(2) Benjamin, son of Deacon William Will- 
iams, born, Savoy, Massachusetts, November 
14, 1783, died June 2, 1872; married, April 6, 
1808, Rebeckah Morton. He came to Groton, 
New York, in i8o(j. They had eight children. 

(3) James, son of Benjamin Williams, was 
born in Groton, New York, April i, 1821, and 
died March 26, 1899. He married Lydia Ellen 
Brown, born August 6, 1826. Child: Mary 
Alida, born June 6, 1856, in Groton, New 
York, married. January 6, 1876, William Henry 
Newton (see Newton VIII). 

William Knox, according to the 
KNOX history of P.landford, Massachu- 
setts, came to that town from Bel- 
fast. Ireland, in 1737. There was a large settle- 
ment of Scotch-Irish in this town. His brother, 
Adam Knox, said to have been born in 1719, in 
Ulster i^rovince, north of Ireland, settled in 
Boston, in 1737. William had three sons : John, 

mentioned below ; William, and Adam ; and 
probably daughters. 

( II) John, son o'' William Kno.x, was born 
about 1730. and probably came with his father 
to l>landford. Massachusetts. The name of his 
wife is not known. He lived at Bland ford, evi- 
dently following farming, as did his father. 
He had sons: William: James, mentioned 
below: Elijah, and John: and probably daugh- 

(III) Captain James Knox, son of John 
Knox, was born as early as 1 760. He was a 
private in Captain John Ferguson's company, 
Colonel Timothy Danielson's regiment, from 
Bland ford, from April 20, 1775. to .\ugust. 
and later in the year. He was sergeant from 
Bland ford, in Captain .Aaron Coe's company. 
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Robinson's regi- 
ment. Oliver and John, sons of .Adam Knox, 
were soldiers from Bland ford, also David, son 
of William. .Afterward James Knox was 
known as captain, and doubtless held a com- 
mission in the militia as captain. He was one 
of the earliest settlers of the town of Windsor, 
Itroome county. New York, whither he went 
after the war, living for a time, apparently at 
Hillside. In 1790 he appears to be a resident 
of Hillside, according to the first federal cen- 
sus, but he must have removed soon to Broome 
county, as the history states that he came there 
in 1786, or a little later. The same authority 
states that he was an officer in the revolution, 
and we have given his record as sergeant. He 
may have had other service not appearing on 
the records, which, of course, are not complete. 
He is said to have been one of W^ashington's 
Lifeguards. With his family he located near 
the north part of the valley on the old home- 
stead, latelv owned by Milton Knox, a descend- 
ant. He married Lydia Stratton. Children : 
lames. Hezekiah. Charles. Henry, William, 
Caleb and Ira, mentioned below. 

(IV) Ira, son of Captain James Knox, was 
born in Windsor, Broome county. New York, 
November 17, 180T, died March to, 187 1. Edu- 
cated in his native town, he turned naturally to 
the calling of agriculture and followed it suc- 
cessfully. In all matters pertaining to the wel- 
fare of the community, political and otherwise, 
he was keenly interested, and he served in the 
state militia when a young man. 

He married, September 2, 1835, Anna Doo- 
little. born at Colesville. New York, .August 
27, t8ii, died March 4, 1884. daughter of Abel 
Doolittlc, who was born July 27, 1780, and died 



March ii. 1868. Her father married, June 14, 
1804, Hannah Sage, born November 2(), 1778, 
died April i.^, 1854. Children of Ira and Anna 
(Doohttle) Knox: Milton: Stratton Sage, 
mentioned below ; James. 

(\') Hon. Stratton Sage Knox, .son of Ira 
Knox, was born in Colesville, Rroome cotmty, 
New York, February 5, 1843. His early school- 
ing was received in the public schools, and at 
Windsor Academy. Later, he sj^ent part of 
his time teaching school and part in getting a 
higher education. In i86g he came to Cort- 
land, and two years later was graduated from 
the State Normal School, of that town. In 
the fall of 1871 he entered upon an optional 
course at Wesleyan I'niversity, Middletown, 
Connecticut, and in the following year, left 
college to begin the study of law in the ofifice 
of M. M. Waters, of Cortland, where he con- 
tinued until he was admitted to the bar, in 
September, 1875, at the general term in .Schnec- 
tady. New Y'ork. Before the close of the year 
he had entered intopartnership with M r. Waters 
and the firm continued until 1881, when Mr. 
Waters removed to Syracuse. During the 
years 1883-89 he was coimty judge and surro- 
gate. In politics he is a Democrat. In 1895 
he was retained by the National Hank of Cort- 
land, as attorney, having charge of its legal 
afifairs. and, since 1897. he has been president. 
Judge Knox was a prime mover in the plan 
to provide a sewer system for Cortland, and 
he was appointed on the first board of sewer 
commissioners in 1892, and has been president 
of the board ever since. During the years 
1895-97 '"IS was attorney of the village corpor- 
ation, and it was during his term of ofifice that 
the village began to pave the streets, and the 
Railroad street ]5aving was done. He is vice- 
president of the Cortland Savings Rank. He 
is a member of the Cortlandville Lcxlge of 
Free Alasons ; of Cortland Chapter, Royal 
Arch Masons, was master of the lodge for five 
years, and district deputy of twenty-seventh 
district for two years. He has held many 
positions of private trust, especially in the set- 
tlement of important estates, anfl for many 
years has had one of the largest practices in 
the surrogate's court of this county. 

He married, December 23, 1873, Myra W., 
daughter of Merton M. and Elizabeth ( Bra- 
don) W'aters. She died May 8, 1905. They 
had no children. His home is in the city of 

The family of Lusk is of Scotch 
LL'SK origin, and first ajjpeared in Amer- 
ica in the early ])art of the eight- 
eenth century. At that time three brothers of 
the name, John, Thomas and William, settled 
in Connecticut, and from them have descend- 
ed all of the name in that state. Their history, 
however, is but fragmentary, and is gathered 
mostly from town and church records and 
gravestone inscrijitions, in the towns of New- 
ington, Farmington, New Britain, Enfield and 
other places in Connecticut. From these sources 
we learn that there was a Stephen Lusk in 
Newington, in 171 5, also a John Lusk, of New- 
ington, about 1740, the latter ajiparently an 
earlier settler of Plainfield, Windham county, 
Connecticut. John's two brothers, Thomas 
and William, the latter with his wife, came to 
Newington church, by letter, from Meriden, 
Connecticut. August 13, 1749. General Levi 
Lusk, a soldier in the revolution, is supposed 
to have been a son of this William. All these 
families lived in that part of Farmington which 
adjoined Newington, and were ]iractically con- 
temporary. James, of Farmington, is sup- 
posed to have been a younger brother of the 
three above mentioned. 

( I ) John Lusk, immigrant ancestor of this 
branch, was of Plainfield, Connecticut, in 1740, 
and, September 17th, of that year, received 
from Jacob Cibbs, of Wethersfield, half an 
acre of land in Newington. March 19, 1743- 
46, being then of Wethersfield. he purchased 
four acres of land, again in Newington. Later 
deeds give records of other purchases of land 
by him, all in Newington, near the Farming- 
ton line. He married (first) Janet . 

who died at Newington, May 2. 1742, aged 

thirty-three. He married ( second) Jane . 

who'died February 3. 1788. aged eighty-three. 
He died July 24. 1788. aged eighty-six. All 
three were buried in the Newington church- 
yard. Children of second wife, recorded in 
Wethersfield: William, born September 12, 
1744, mentioned below; John, February 20, 
1748: Eunice, May 9, 1730: Samuel. January 
29, 1752. 

(II) William, son of John Lusk, was bom 
in Wethersfield, September 12, 1744. He mar- 
ried, March 30, 1769. Elizabeth Gibbe. Chil- 
dren : Chester ; Simon ; James, mentioned 
below : William. 

(HI) James, son of William Lusk. was born 
1770, died April 24, 1808. He married and 



had children: W'ilHam, Frankhii, Simon J., 
mentioned below. 

(IV) Simon J., son of James Lusk, was 
born August 19, 1807, died July 21, 1894, at 
Lisle, Broome county, New York. He was a 
pioneer in the latter section, to which he came 
from Connecticut, and was actively engaged 
in farming all his life. He was a vigorous and 
powerful Scotchman and eminently fitted for 
the hardships and dangers of a frontier life. 
He married Rebecca Mercereau, born in 
Broome county. April 12, 181 1, died Novem- 
ber II, 1893. Children: Cornelius M.; Sam- 
uel R., mentioned below ; Franklin ; Eliza J., 
married Ira Cook; Olive A., married Orlando 
Benedict ; William ; Susan : James Lanning ; 
George A. ; Charles. 

(V) Samuel R., son of Simon J. Lusk, was 
born in Lisle, Broome county. New York, Au- 
gust 27, 1835, died September 6, 1896. In 
1862 he enlisted in the One Hundred and 
Thirty-seventh Regiment, Company E, and 
served throughout the war. He was in the 
battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and 
Lookout Mountain. In the latter engagement 
he was wounded in the head and never fully 
recovered, and finally died from this wound. 
For a number of years he was engaged in the 
grocery business in Centre Lisle, New York. 
He married, about iS,Ci6. Clara M. Root, born 
in Lisle, September 7, 1847, <l'^cl November 
13, 1886, daughter of William and .Anna 
(Burghardt) Root. Child. Clayton R., men- 
tioned below. 

(VI) Clayton Riley, son of Samuel R. Lusk, 
was born in Lisle, December 21, 1872. He 
received his early education in the scliools of 
his native town, later attended the Cortland 
Normal School, from which he graduated in 
1895, afterward entered Cornell L^niversity, 
from which he graduated in 1902. He was 
admitted to the bar the same year, and located 
in Cortland, in [lartnership with Rowland L. 
Davis, under the firm name of Davis & Lusk. 
In 1904 he was elected city judge and served 
for two terms. He is a member of the Phi 
Delta Phi fraternity, the Tioughnioga. and the 
Cortland City clubs, and of the Elks and the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Cort- 
land. In religion he is an Episcopalian. He 
married, June 23, 1904, Anna, (laughter of 
Eli and Grace (Lee) Mix. Her father, Eli 
Mix, was born at Chenango Forks. New York, 
in 1835, died in 1903. Tie tiiarried Grace F.. 

daughter of Samuel and Rhoda Ann (Miller) 
Lee. He was the son of John Mix, bom at 
Chenango Forks, and Henrietta (Parsons) 
Mi.x. John was the son of Jesse Bradley Mix, 
who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, 
and came to Chenango Forks, in 1816, and 
Rebecca (Gilbert) Mix, also of New Haven. 
Jesse Bradley Mix was the son of Nathaniel 
Mix, born in New Haven, 1796, and Thankful 
(Ailing) Mi.x. Nathaniel Mix was the son 
of Nathaniel Mix, born in New Haven, 1724, 
and Sarah (Bradley) Mix. Nathaniel Mix 
was the son of Nathaniel Mix, born in New 
Haven, 1692, died 1756, and Rebecca (Lines) 
Mix, second wife. Nathaniel Mix was the son 
of Nathaniel Mix, born in New Haven, 1651, 
died 1725, and Mary (Pantry) Mix. Nathan- 
iel Mix was the son of Thomas Meeks, or Mix, 
who was the immigrant ancestor, of London, 
England, a member of the New Haven colony, 
in 1643. He married, in 1649, Rebecca Turner. 
Child of Clayton R. Lusk: Elinor Mix, born 
October 14, 1908. 

W'illiam Peck, immigrant ancestor, 

PECK was born in the city of London, 

England, or its vicinity, in 1601, 

and married there, about 1622, Elizabeth . 

He sailed from London in the ship "Hector," 
with his wife and son Jeremiah, and arrived at 
Boston, Massachusetts, June 26, 1637. It is 
])robable that he came in the company of Gov- 
ernor Eaton, Rev. John Davenport and others, 
principally from London. He was one of the 
original proprietors of the New Haven colony, 
in 1638. and his autograph signature is affixed 
to the fundamental agreement or constitution, 
June 4, 1639. for the government of the infant 
colony. October 20, 1640. he was admitted a 
freeman. He was trustee, treasurer and gen- 
eral business agent of the Colony Collegiate 
School, established on the basis of the Hopkins 
fund. He was by occupation a merchant, and, 
from 1659 until his death, a deacon of the 
church in New Haven. His name usually ap- 
pears on the records with the title of "Mr.," 
then a prefix of respect and distinction. His 
home lot and dwelling-house and shop were on 
Church street. His first wife, Elizabeth, died 
December 5, 1683, and he married (second) 
Sarah, widow of W'illiam Holt. He died Octo- 
ber 4, 1694, and was interred in the okl bury- 
ing-ground now under the Center church. Chil- 
dren of first wife: leremiah, burn in London, 



1623, mentionetl below; John, Xew Haven, 
1638: Joseph, New Haven, January, 1641; 
Elizabeth, Xew Haven, April, 1643. 

(H) Jeremiah, son of William Peck, was 
born in the city of London, or its vicinity, in 
1623, and came to this country with his parents 
in 1637. He received a very good education, 
acquired in part before he left London. He 
is said by. Cotton Mather "to have been bred 
at Harvard College," but his name does not 
appear in the catalogue of graduates. In the 
year 1656. and for some time previous, he had 
preached and taught school at Guilford, and 
continued to <lo so until i6(')0, when he took 
charge of the Collegiate School, at Xew Haven. 
This was a colony school, established by the 
general court in 1659, and was intended to fit 
young men for college. He remained there 
until the summer of 1 66 1, when the school was 
temporarily suspended for lack of funtls. In 
the autumn of that year he was invited to 
preach at Saybrook, Connecticut, and, it is sup- 
posed, ordained there, and settled as a min- 
ister, September 25, 1661. .After a few years 
there was some dissatisfaction with his min- 
istry and a misunderstanding as to the pro- 
visions of his agreement of settlement. Al- 
though this was amicably arranged he left Say- 
brook and returned to Guilford, in 1666. He 
had been for some time, together with numer- 
ous ministers and churches in the Xew Haven 
and Connecticut colonies, decidedly opposed 
to the "Half-way Covenant," and especially 
hostile to the union of the two above-named 
colonies, under the charter of Charles II. On 
this account he decided to emigrate from the 
colony, and, in 1666, removed to Newark, New 
Jersey, where he became one of the first set- 
tlers. Soon after his arrival at Newark he 
was settled in Elizabethtown, as the first min- 
ister there, in 1669 or 1670. In 1670, and 
again in 1673, he was invited by the people of 
Woodbridge, New Jersey, and, in 1676, by the 
people of Greenwich, Connecticut, to become 
their minister, but in both cases declined. Sep- 
tember, 1678, he was again invited to settle as 
a minister at Greenwich, and removed thither 
in the autumn of 1678. Here he became the 
first settled minister and remained until 16S9. 
when he resigned on account of dissatisfaction, 
caused by his refusal to baptize the children of 
non-communicants. In 1691 he became the 
first settled minister of the church in Water- 
bury. Here he continued until his death, June 
4, 1699. He was a man of much usefulness. 

both as a teacher and minister in the frontier 
settlements, and possessed considerable energy 
antl ability. 

He married, November 12, 1636. Johannah, 
daughter of Robert Kitchell, of (iuilford, who 
came to Xew Haven in the comjjany of Eaton, 
Davenport and others, in 1638, and the follow- 
ing year settled in Guilford, where he was a 
prominent man and one of the first planters. 
He migrated to Xewark, in 1666, and died 
there, about 1672. His wife died in Green- 
wich, in 1682. Johannah (Kitchell) Peck sur- 
vived her husband and died in Waterbury, in 
171 1. Children: Samuel, born January 18, 
1 659, mentioned below ; Ruth, born New Haven, 
.April 3, 1661 ; Caleb, Saybrook. 1663: Anne, 
Saybrook, 1665: Jeremiah, Newark, 1667; 
Joshua, Elizabethtown, 1673. 

(III) Samuel, son of Jeremiah Peck, was 
born at (iuilford. January 18, 1659. He re- 
moved to Greenwich, with his father, in 1678. 
and became a man of large wealth and influ- 
ence. I'^or fifty years he was justice of the 
peace, and held other important positions in 
Greenwich. He married, November 27, 1686, 
Ruth, daughter of Peter Ferris, of Stamford, 
Connecticut. Her father was a son of Jeffrey 
Ferris. Children, born in Greenwich : Samuel, 
March, 1688, mentioned below; Jeremiah, De- 
cember 29, 1690; Joseph, May i, 1692; David. 
December 15, 1694; Nathaniel, August 15, 
16197: Eliphalet, 1699: Theophilus, March, 
1702; Peter, about 1704; Robert, 1706. He 
(lied at Greenwich, April 28, 1746, and his 
wife. September 17, 1745, aged eighty-three. 
Their gravestones are still standing in the old 
Greenwich cemetery. 

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Peck, 
was born in Alarch, 16188, in Greenwich. He 
was a carpenter by trade and also a farmer. 
He lived in that part of Greenwich known as 
C)UI Greenwich, and died there, in December. 

1733. He married, in 171 5, Elizabeth . 

She survived him. and, in 1735, married (sec- 
ond) John Clogson, and removed to Redding. 
Connecticut, where she died. Children, born 
in Greenwich: Alary. 1716: John, 1718, men- 
tioned below : Samuel, April, 1720; Ruth. Janu- 
ary, 1724. 

(V) John, son of Samuel (2) Peck, was 
born in 1718, in Greenwich. He lived in Old 
Greenwich, on a small farm, near the shore of 
r^ong Island sound, and died in Greenwich, 
September, 1771. He married, 1741, Sarah, 
daughter of John Adams. She died in Clifton 



Park, New York, January ii, 1814, aged nine- 
ty-five years. Children, born in Greenwich : 
John, November 12, 1742, mentioned below; 
Heath, 1745 ; Nathan, 1747 ; Sarah, 1749 ; Ruth, 
July II, 1751 ; Abijah, April 3, 1758: Abigail, 
September 30, 1760; Elizabeth, July 19, 1763. 

(VI) John (2), son of John (i) Peck, was 
born November 12, 1742, in Greenwich. He 
served as a soldier in the French war ; was in 
the caiiijiaign of 1759, and remained in the 
army until the treaty of peace in 1763. In 
1772 he removed from Greenwich to that part 
of Great Nine Partners, which is now the town 
of Stanford, Dutchess county, New York. Late 
in 1780 he again removed to that part of Little 
Nine Partners, which is now the town of 
Milan, in the same county, where he lived until 
May, 1788. when he returned to Stanford. In 
1792 he removed to the west of the Hudson 
river, now the town of Hunter, Greene county. 
New York. On account of the unfavorable 
climate and remote situation of this location, 
he removed again, in February, 1785, to the 
town of Sherburne, Chenango county. New 
\ ork. He lived there and in the adjoining 
town of Norwich until his death, in Sherburne, 
September 19, 1819. After his removal from 
Greenwich, in 1772, he lived always on the 
borders of civilization and endured all the 
hardships and labors of frontier life. He was 
one of the most enterprising and valuable 
pioneers in the settlement, of the state of New 
York. His occupation was that of a farmer. 
He had but little education, but great natural 
talents, firmness and energy. He married, 
October, 1764, Sarah, daughter of Nathan 
Northrop, of Salem, New York. She was born 
in the latter place, October 28, 1746, died in 
Smyrna, New York, November 11, 1830. Chil- 
dren, bom in Greenwich: Samuel, 1763, died 
1768; Joel, December 2, 1767; Sarah, Decem- 
ber I, 1769: Mary, October 28, 1771. P>orn in 
Stanford: Phebe, August 16, 1774: Stephen, 
October, 1776, died there, December, 1777; 
Stephen Northrop, May 14, 1778, mentioned 
below; John, September 11, 1780. P>orn in 
Milan: Nathan, January 27, 1783; Betsey, 
April I, 1786. 

(VII) Stephen Northrop, son of John (2) 
Peck, was born in Stanford, New York, May 
14, 1778. He was a farmer by ocupation, and 
one of the first settlers of the town of Solon, 
New York. 1800. He died there, August 17, 
1874. He was a man of genial characteristics. 

sound common sense and agreeable habits, and 
as such was esteemed by all who knew him. 
He married (first) Lydia Philips, December 
4, 1800, and (second) Clarissa Hobart, Octo- 
ber 3, 1849. Children, born in Solon : Polly, 
September 22, 1801 ; Lyman, December 24. 
1803. mentioned below; Hiram. May 25, 1806; 
Nathan, January 31, i8ck); Emily, October 15, 
1811; Stephen N., May 13, 1814; Piatt, June 
II, 1817; Smith \\'., Niarch 25, 1820; John, 
June 10, 1823; Sally. October 8, 1825. 

(VIII) Lyman, son of Stephen Northrop 
Peck, was born December 24, 1803, in Solon, 
and died at Cortland, New York, April 30, 
1877. He was a farmer in his native town 
during the major part of his active business 
life. After he retired he lived in Cortland. 
He was a member of the P)aptist church, at 
Solon. In politics he was a Re]niblican. He 
married, September 25, 1828, Alniira Thomp- 
son, born October 10. 1806, died June 25, 1896. 
She was a daughter of Zenas Thompson, of 
Scotch ancestry, from one of the families that 
came to New England early. Children: i. Dr. 
Northrop J., a dentist of Independence, Iowa: 
died July 16, 1888. 2. Lyman Jr., farmer and 
justice of the peace at Solon ; died January 30, 
1887. 3. Hon. Rufus T., mentioned below. 4. 
Charles Townley, mentioned below. 5. Dr. 
Melvin D., phvsician and surgeon in the pen- 
sion department at W'ashington, D. C. 6. Bur- 
dett. dietl in Canada, in 1867. 7. Euphemia, 
died in infancy. 

(IX) Hon. Rufus T. Peck, son of Lyman 
Peck, was born in Solon, December 24, 1836. 
and died July 24, 1900. at .\ul)in-n. New York. 
His early education w,as obtained in the com- 
mon schools, and at the New York Central 
College, and, for fourteen years, he was a 
successful school teacher. For three years he 
was in business as a general merchant in his 
native town. In the fall of 1874 he was elect- 
ed, on the Rejiublican ticket, to the office of 
school commissioner of the northern district 
of Cortland county, was reelected, and served 
two terms. He was nominated again, but de- 
clined a third term. He read law in the office 
of Hon. R. Holland Duell, of Cortland, and 
was admitted to the bar at the January term 
of the supreme court, held at Albany, in 1876, 
but he ])racticed law only in connection with 
his own business affairs. In I'ebruary, 1876, 
he became financially interested in the jiublish- 
ing business of Major L. 11. Evarts, of Phila- 

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delpliia, and the firm became Evarts & Peck, 
publishers of many city and county histories 
in the L^nited States. 

In the fall of 1888 he was elected assembly- 
man from Cortland county, and served three 
terms with distinction, from 1889 to i8gi. 
None of his predecessors had been honored 
with three terms since the earliest years of the 
county. \\ ith good reason he could regard 
his legislative career with pride ami satisfac- 
tion. He was one of the most industrious and 
energetic, as well as one of the ablest of mem- 
bers, attending promptly and faithfully to any 
local business committed to him, whether by 
his political friends or his opponents. ISecause 
of his business training, his popularity and 
great influence with fellow-legislators, he took 
a, position of leadership in the assembly and 
secured the jiassage of a number of important 
bills, among which may be mentinued the "dis- 
trict quota" bill, in accordance with which the 
school money was afterward apportioned 
among the school districts of the state. He 
was also instrumental in securing the enact- 
ment of the law making the first appropriation 
for the State Normal School, at Cortland. In 
1893, while Cortland was joined with C)non- 
daga county in a state senatorial district, Mr. 
Peck was the Republican candidate for state 
senator, but was prevented from taking the 
office, after election, on account of the mi.xing 
of ballots between difl^erent districts in Onon- 
daga county. With the vote of the districts 
in which the wrong ballots were used, Mr. 
Peck was elected, but without them he was 
defeated and the court construed the ballot 
law in such a way that the will of the ])eoplc 
was defeated. In his church relations Mr. 
Peck was a Baj^tist, uniting with that denomi- 
nation in early manhood, and for many years 
trustee of the First Baptist Church, of Cort- 
land. During the last year of his life, his 
health was failing, and he was in a private 
sanitarium, at Auburn, at the time of death. 

He married (first), June 25, 1859, Susan 
Wells, born August 22. 1835, in Kings town- 
ship, Ontario, Canada, and died at Cortland, 
New York, August 31, 1889. He married 
(second), December 14. 1892, Jeanette Dut- 
ton, of Perry, Iowa. Children, all by first 
wife: I. Louise N., born July 8, i860: mar- 
ried William E. Albee, of Minneapolis. 2. 
Arthur R., born March 28, 1862, real estate 
agent and broker at Syracuse, New York; 
married Carrie Aldrich, and has one son, .\ld- 

rich R.. born in 1896. 3. Frank John, men- 
tioned below. 4. Fred Ross, born August 28, 
1869, a coal dealer in Syracuse, New York. 

(X) Frank John, son of Hon. Rufus T. 
Peck, was born in Aurora, province of Ontario, 
Canada, March 15, 1864. When he was about 
a year old, however, his parents returned to 
New \''ork, and located at Solon, Cortland 
county. He attentled the puljlic schools there 
and at Cortland, whither the family removed 
when he was ten years old. For a time he 
was a student in the State Normal School. He 
was in the employ of Cobb & Perkins, a whole- 
sale concern, for a 3'ear. His business career 
really began, however, in the National Rank of 
Cortland, in which he became a clerk in 1882. 
His ability and faithfulness wt)n him promotion, 
and he became, in the course of time, the 
cashier, a position he has filled with signal suc- 
cess and discretion since 1889. He is a di- 
rector in the Cortland National Bank, and 
treasurer of the Warren-Tanner Dry Goods 
Company, of Cortland. For two terms he was 
treasurer of the incorporated village of Cort- 
land. He is treasurer of the Presbyterian 
church, of which he is a prominent worker. 
Ill politics he is a Republican. 

He married, June 10, 1894, Annie, daugh- 
ter of Samuel Keator ( see Keator VIII ). They 
have one child, Susan, iKirn i^eiitember 22. 

( IX ) Charles Townley, son of layman Peck, 
was born in Solon, September 10, 1848, died 
in Cortland, February i, 1905. He was edu- 
cated in the schools of Solon, also the old 
academy at McCJrawville, and the Cortland 
Normal School. For several years he taught 
school in Solon, and was in business tiiere 
later. He kept a general store anrl was post- 
master. In 1882 he removed to Cortland and 
began the manufacture of horse powders, in 
which business he continued until his death. 
For twii years he served as trustee of the 
village of Cortland. He was a Republican in 
|)olitics and a member of the Methodist church. 
He was also a member of Cortlandville Loilgc, 
I'Vee and .Accepted Masons. He married, .April 
17, 1878, in Washington, D. C, Kate McClel- 
land, daughter of John and Catherine Eliza- 
beth (Hodgson) McClelland, of Washington. 
Her father, John McOelland, was born in 
Washington, and died there, in 1885, aged 
sixty-nine years. He was a machinist by trade, 
and had an iron foundry. He was the inven- 
tor of a fire plug that is still used. In 1861 



he was made captain of Company D. District 
of Columbia Volunteers, and served in the 
defense of Washington until relieved by the 
northern troops. In 1845 he married Cath- 
erme Elizabeth Hodgson, who died in 1872, 
aged fifty-two years. He was the son of John 
McClelland, who was bom in Londonderry, 
Ireland, 1774, of Scotch parents. He came to 
America and settled in Frederick, Maryland, 
but, m 1800. removed to Washington, where 
he was one of the first settlers. He was a 
Presbyterian, was the first trustee of the old 
church, which is now known as the New York 
Avenue Presbyterian Church. He married 
Mary Miller, of Frederick, and after his mar- 
riage he and his wife started on horseback on 
their wedding journey for Washington. He 
died in 1845. Children of Charles Townley 
Peck: I. Charles Vernon, born in Cortland, 
December 6, 1882, educated in the Cortland 
Normal School, now a member of the Peck 
Furniture Company, of Cortland; married 
August 2-], 1908, Josephine E. Pinney, of Ell- 
ington, Connecticut ; one son, Charles Vernon, 
born October 31, 1909. 2. Elizabeth McClel- 
land, born April 27, 1886; married. Ottober 
II, 1910, Willis A. Schleit, of Syracuse, New 
York, assistant salesmanager for Pierce, But- 
ler & Pierce, of Syracuse. 

(VIII) John Peck, son of Stephen 
PECK Northrop Peck (q. v.), was born 
at Solon, June 10, 1823, died May 
21, 1888. He succeeded to the homestead of 
his father and followed farming all his active 
years. In addition he owned several other 
valuable farms in Solon and other real estate 
in Cortland, and was a prosperous and sub- 
stantial citizen. He was an active and promi- 
nent member of the Baptist church. He mar- 
ried, July 23, 1862, Caroline Kinney, born at 
Cortland, New York, April 9, 1842, daughter 
of Buel and Charlotte Ann (Leonard) Kinney. 
Children: i. Lottie Maria, born July 21 i86v 
married (first), February 22, 1883, John C.' 
Peet; (second) Emmett Jennings, 'a druggist 
of Cortland. 2. Linus W., mentioned below. 
3. Miles John, mentioned below. 4. Ida Louise, 
born October 4, 1871 ; married, October 4,' 
1899, Earl B. Lovell, head of the engineering 
department of Columbia University, New 
York City. 5. Cora Etta, born March 14, 
1874; married, August 13, 1896, Carlos [.Cole- 
man, attorney and farmer. 

(IX) Linus Willard, son of fohn Peck, was 

born May 16, 1866, in Solon, New York, and 
was educated in the union schools at McGraw- 
ville, and at the Eastman Business College, at 
Poughkeepsie, New York. When his father 
died in 1888, he succeeded to the homestead, 
which he still owns, and for several years he 
carried on the farm. In 1894 he removed to 
Cortland, New York, and afterward, in part- 
nership with his brother, Miles J. Peck, en- 
gaged in business there under the firm name 
of Peck Brothers, dealers in all kinds of farm 
machinery and implements, farm wagons and 
horse furnishing goods. In 1897 the firm 
established a lumber business in addition to 
the other lines of trade. In 1902 Mr. Peck 
withdrew from the firm and engaged in the 
wholesale lumber trade and has continued suc- 
cessfully to the present time, with offices at 
Cortland. He has also extensive farming and 
real estate interests in Cortland and vicinity. 
He is a member of the Baptist church, and is 
holding the office of deacon. In politics he is 
a Prohibitionist. He married. Tune i, 1887, 
Jennie L. Smith, born at Cortlandville, New 
York. y\pril 6. 1867, daughter of Ephraim and 
Louise (Henderson) Smith. Her father was 
a soldier in the Union army in the civil war, a 
private in Company A, One Hundred and 
Fifty-seventh New York Regiment, and took 
part in fourteen hard-fought engagements and 
several other skirmishes. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Peck: Lena May, born March 8, 1889: 
John Carl, February i, 1895. 

(IX) Miles John, son of lohn Peck, was 
born in Solon, New York, RIarch 10, 1869. 
He attended the district schools of his native 
town and the New York Central College, at 
McGrawville, New York. After the death of 
his father, he had the management of five 
farms belonging to the estate, comprising five 
hundred and ten acres, and continued until 
1893. when, owing to an injury received in a 
railroad wreck while he was on his way to the 
World's Fair in Chicago, he had to give up 
farming. For a time he represented the Mc- 
Cormick farm machinery in this section and 
carried on an extensive business in that line 
for several years. He sold sixty-three ma- 
chines the first season and to celebrate his suc- 
cess, invited his customers to a banquet and 
had a parade with a brass band. He was also 
for a time employed in the Cortland Foundry 
and Machine Company. In 1896 he formed a 
partnership with his brother, Linus W., under 
the firm name of Peck Brothers. The firm 




began business February i. 1896, in the store 
at 97 Main street, Cortlancl, with a spacious 
storehouse in the rear, deahng in agricultural 
machinery, farm implements, wagons, sleighs, 
horse furnishing goods and farm supplies. In 
1897 the firm engaged also in the lumber busi- 
ness, and, April i, 1899, moved to the armory, 
on Main street. This building had a floor 
space of eighty by two hundred and twenty 
feet, and was divided into two departments. 
The horse furnishing department, manufactory, 
warerooms and office occupied a space thirty 
by sixty, and the display rooms for implements, 
machinery and vehicles the remainder of the 
building. The lumber yard was in the rear of 
this building. After ten years the firm was 
dissolved and Linus W. continued in the lum- 
ber business, while Miles J. was employed by 
the Equitable Life Insurance Company, of 
New York, for a time. He has been interested 
in various other enterprises and all of them 
have proved successful. He bought five hun- 
dred acres of timber land in Solon, New York, 
cleared it and made a handsome profit. In 
1907 he bought the Wickwire farm of one 
hundred and seventy-two acres, near the city 
of Cortland. 

Probably no dairy in Central New York is 
attracting more attention from people inter- 
ested in fancy stock than this. The farm was 
for years in possession of the Wickwire 
Brothers and was known far and near as the 
"Wickwire" farm. It now enjoys just as great 
prominence as the "Peck" farm, and it is an 
interesting fact that at one time it was owned 
by Moses Kinney, a greatgrandfather of Mr. 

Having in view the creation of a model dairy 
farm, Mr. Peck began at once to rearrange 
and enlarge the barns, which with the erection 
of three silos gives him ample room to carry 
on the dairy business with the least possible 
expense. With the buildings in readiness he 
began the formation of a dairy that has become 
famous over a wide territory. It is at the pres- 
ent time composed of seventy-six grade Hol- 
steins, and the amount of milk obtained from 
them is enormous, as will be seen farther along 
in this article. The stables are white as lime 
can make them, and they are kept very neat, 
a feature that counts for much in the disposal 
of milk. 

Sixty-eight cows are milked and the amount 
they produce is the test of their value. At the 
present time the yield from the sixty-eight 

cows is one thousand five hundred and fifty 
(|uarts, or an average of forty-nine pounds a 
clay to a cow. This gives a sum total of nearly 
three thousand three hundred pounds each day. 

Of course some of the cows are greater pro- 
ducers than others, and a few individual rec- 
ords will be interesting. One of the herd gives 
ninety-one pounds a day, two others eighty- 
five pounds each, and fifteen others an average 
of seventy pounds each, and it may be well to 
state that only two milkings are made in a day. 
Thirty of the cows produce an average of sixty 
pounds a day, or twenty-eight forty-quart cans. 
These figures seem startling, and they are 
startling to one not familiar with present-day 
dairying, and they place the Peck herd among 
the leading dairies of the state. 

The amount of feed consumed by this dairy 
is another interesting feature, for to produce 
such extraordinary results the cows must be 
well fed and watered. In round numbers the 
entire herd is given the following ration daily: 
One thousand one hundred pounds of mixed 
grain, one thousand pounds of cabbage, six 
hundred and fifty pounds of hay and one thou- 
sand five hundred and fifty pounds of ensilage. 
The cows are all watered in the stalls. The 
milk goes daily to McGrawville, where it is 
cooled and then shipjied to New York. 

To keep up the high standard of his dairy Mr. 
Peck is continually buying and selling, and the 
calves he hires raised to the age of three years 
by outside parties whose land is not as valuable 
as his is. He has customers for his stock all 
over the country, and especially on Long 
Island is the demand for cows from "Peck's 
dairy" very great. 

Notwithstanding the large amount of feed 
consumed bv his stock, Mr. Peck raises an 
ample supply and really has more ensilage than 
he can use. Some of the land raises fine tim- 
othy hay, but instead of feeding this he sells 
it and buys alfalfa. What new seeding he 
does is entirely to clover instead of timothy. 
By rea.son of the large quantity of fertilizer he 
has, the land yields heavy crops, and Mr. Peck 
buys the best of seed obtainable. For instance, 
last year he sent to Wisconsin for twenty-five 
bushels of a species of heavy yielding oats, 
paying fifty dollars, or. two dollars a bushel. 
The yield on nine acres was eight hundred 
bushels, while the ordinary crop of our com- 
mon oats is about fifty bushels to the acre. 
And now Mr. Peck is selling part of these 
oats at one dollar and a half a bushel for seed. 


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Mr. Peck has established one of the largest, 
if not the largest, market of the highest grade 
Holstein cattle in the state of New York. 

He is a member of Vesta Lodge, Independ- 
•ent Order of Odd F"ellows, and of the Baptist 
church, and was sii])erintendent of the First 
Baptist Church Sunday school for five years. 

He married, December 26, 1889, (jertrude 
M., daughter of Ephraim and Louisa (Hender- 
son ) Smith, of Cortland, and sister of his 
brother's wife. Children : Elizabeth L., born 
in Solon. 1893 ; Stanley, died aged eighteen 
months; Lawrence (twin), born in Cortland, 
December 18, 1902; Leslie, twin of Lawrence. 

Captain James Sands, the immi- 
SANDS grant ancestor, is said to have 
come from Reading, Berkshire, 
England. He was born in England, in 1622. 
The history of Block Island asserts that he 
was son of Henry Sands (Saudis or Sandys), 
of Boston, the first of the name in this country, 
but it ap])ears more likely that the two were 
brothers. Henry was at Rowley in 1639, and 
admitted a freeman October 6, 1640; returned 
to Boston before 1648, when he assigned a 
(|uarter interest in the ship "Welcome" ; died 
in 1651. His first child was born in iC)38, 
according to the records. 

Captain James Sands is said to have come 
first to Plymouth, in New England. The his- 
tory of Block Island relates in detail the story 
of his contract to build a house for the famous 
Airs. Anne Hutchinson, in 1642, after she was 
exiled from Boston. He abandoned the job, 
after a threatening visit from the Indians, and 
Mrs. Hutchinson and her entire household 
were slain in the house afterward. Eastches- 
ter, where the house was located, could be 
reached by vessel from Long Island sound. 
Sands had a grant of land next the "round 
meadow," in Portsmouth, October 5, 1643, and 
he bought more land in 1654. He was a free- 
man in 1655, and a commissioner of Rhode 
Island in 1637, but on account of illness could 
not serve. He was one of the original settlers 
(if lilock Island (or New Shoreham). Rhode 
Island, and, in 1661, received Lot Xo. 12, in 
the north part of the island, in the first division. 
In 1664 he was ordered to c(jme before the 
governor of Rhode Island to qualify as con- 
stable or conservator of the ])eace at Block 
Island, the governiuent of whicli Rhode Island 
assumed. He was the first de]iuty to the gen- 
eral assembly. In 1670 he and four others 

were appointed to make a rate and assess taxes 
there. In 1671 he sold his property at Ports- 
mouth. During King Philip's war he was 
assistant warden. .\ large storehouse was 
garrisoned by him and the women and children 
of the island gathered there for safety. Three 
French privateers landed a force on the island, 
July 3, 1689, plundered the inhabitants, killed 
their cattle, etc., making headquarters in the 
house of Sands, "which was large and ac- 
comadable for their purpose and not far from 
the harbor." His will, with codicil, dated Feb- 
ruary 24, 1695. was proved May 6, 1695, his 
wife Sarah named as executrix. To his chil- 
dren he bequeathed four hundred acres of 
land, fifty-six head of cattle, three hundred 
sheep, horses, thirty swine, a negro woman, 
house, barn, mill and considerable other per- 
sonal estate. His widow Sarah gave the 
negress Hannah, March 9, 1699, to her grand- 
daughter, Sarah Sands, daughter of Eilward ; 
the negress Sarah to granddaughter. Catherine 
Niles; a negro boy to grandson. Sands Ray- 
mond, and a negro girl Rose to granddaughter, 
Elizabeth Raymond, the slave girls to be free at 
the age of thirty, the boy at thirty-three. The 
widow's will was dated October 17, 1703. and 
[proved June 13, 1709, bec|ueathing considerable 
personal property to children and grandchil- 
dren. His gravestone is standing at Block 
Island. He died March 13, 1695. He mar- 
ried Sarah Walker. In religion he was a Bap- 
tist and a friend of Roger Williams. He was 
the first freeman on the island and the fore- 
most citizen, the first deputy to the general 
court and he ]irocured the citizenship of the 
islanders and ])rocured the to\\'n charter. Three 
of his four sons removed to Cow Neck, now 
Sands Point, on Long Island on the sound, 
though they kept their farms on the island and 
returned every spring to shear their sheep. 
Children : i. John, mentioned below. 2. Sarah, 
married, February 14, 1671, Nathaniel Niles. 
3. Mercy, married, .\pril 29, 1683. Joshua Ray- 
mond. 4. James, married Mary Cornell ; willed 
rights in (ioshen. Orange county. New York. 
5. Samuel, lived at Cow Neck, will proved in 
Rhode Island, 1716. 6. Edward, born 1672, 
died 1708. 

( II ) John, son of Captain James Sands, was 
born in 1652, and died at Cow Neck, Long 
Island, .March 15, 1712: married Sybil Ray, 
born March 19, 1665, died December 23, 1733, 
daughter of Simon and Mary (Thomas) Ray. 
He was deputy to the general assembly in 



1678-80-yo: captain in i()8o. and freeman in 
1684. In 1696 lie removed from Block Island 
to Cow Xeck. He and his wife are buried in 
the famil\- lot, which he gave for the jnirpose 
of a burial ground. He bought his farm at 
Cow Neck, in iCk^i, of Richard Cornell, of 
Rockaway, adjoining the farm of his brother, 
Samuel Sands. Children : John, mentioned 
below; Nathaniel, liorn 1687: Edward, i6yi ; 
George, 1694: Mary, 1(197: Catherine, 1700; 
Dorothy, 1703: Abigail, 1708. 

(Ill) John (2), son of Captain John (2) 
Sands, was born in ESlock Island, January 22, 
1683-84, and died on the homestead, Cow 
Neck, August 15, 1763. The gravestones of 
both John and wife are preserved in the Sands 
burying-ground at Cow Neck. He lived at 
Cow Neck until ten years after his marriage 
and then moved to the interior of Cow Neck, 
where he lived until about 1733, when he re- 
moved to his father's homestead, which he 
purchased from his brother Nathaniel. He 
married at .Newport, Rhode Island. September 
9, 1706, Catherine, daughter of Robert (iuth- 
rie. She was born on Pdock Island, June 24, 
1690, and died at Cow Neck, February 10, 
1769. His will was dated February 27, 1759, 
and was proved September 30, 1763. Chil- 
dren (authority. Bunker's "Long Island Gene- 
alogies") : I. John, born 1708; married (first), 
in 1734, Elizabeth Sands; (second), 1736, Eliz- 
abeth Cornell. 2. Robert, December 26, 17 10; 
died unmarried, Ajjril 12, 1735. 3. Edward, 
January 17, 1711-12; ancestor of all the pres- 
ent families of this surname on Block Island. 
4. Mary, 1715, died March 15, 1724. 3. George, 
1717, died young probabl}' (not the George 
who died January 15, 1777). 6. Anne, March 
16, 1719; married (first) Christopher Dean; 
(second) David Brooks. 7. Nathaniel, No- 
vember 30, 1721, died 1783: married Alercy 
Sands. 8. Joshua, March 22, 1725, died 1787. 
9. Simon, July 12, 1727, died 1782: married 
(first) Catherine Tredwell, (second) Sarah 
Sands. 10. ("lideon, October 22, 1729; married 
Mary Sands. 11. Mary, born about 1731-32; 
married Samuel Gifford. 12. George, men- 
tioned below. 13. Benjamin, November, 1735, 
died 1824; married Mary Jackson. (Some 
records from "Descent of Comfort Sands"). 

(I\') George, son of John (2) Sands, was 
b(.irn .April 17, 1733, at Sand I'oint, and died 
in Middletown, Delaware county. New York, 
August 8, 1816. He married Jemima, daugh- 
ter of Abel and Ruth Smith. He settled" at 

Middletown, Delaware county, where he fol- 
lowed farming. Among his children was Abel, 
mentioned below. 

(\') Abel, son of George Sands, was born 
.\pril 9, 1758, and died at Middletown, New 
York, June 11, 1821. He married Elizabeth 
llrooks, of Poughkeejisie, New York, and she 
died September 8, 1825, aged fifty-seven years. 
Children: Edward; Isaac: (ieorge H., men- 
tioned below, and several daughters. 

( \T ) ( ieorge H., son of Abel Sands, was 
born in Middletown, June 5. 1792, and died 
there, February 24, 1849. He was educated 
in the district schools and followed farming. 
He was also a general merchant, postmaster of 
the town, and justice of the peace. In his 
younger days he was active and prominent in 
the state militia, rising to the rank of colonel 
in command of his regiment. He was espe- 
cially zealous in promoting the welfare and 
assisting in the development of the town and 
region in which he lived. l:>y his first wife, 
he had several children. He married (second) 

Jane, daughter of Samuel and ( Yaple) 

Smith, born May 4. 1817. She is now living 
with her son in Cortlan ', at the advanced age 
of ninety-four years. Children of second wife: 
I. Ellen Jane, living with her brother, George 
S. Sands. 2. George S. (posthumous), men- 
tioned below. Jane (Smith) Sands married 
(second) Chancy Keator, by whom she had 
two children: Mary .'\Iida, deceased wife of 
William J. Walker, and Livia Elizabeth, wife 
of Clark Olds, of Erie, Pennsylvania. 

( YII ) Hon. George Smith Sands, son of 
George H. Sands, was born in Middletown, 
August 19, 1849, and attended the public 
schools there. Pie was afterward a student at 
Andes Collegiate Institute, Andes, Delaware 
county, and Delaware Academy, at Delhi, New 
York; in 1867-68 he attended the Cortland- 
ville .Academy, and in the winter of i868-6() he 
was employed in the First National Bank of 
Cortland, whither the family removed in April, 
1867. The experience and training he received 
in the bank he found of incalculable value to 
him in later years. At the opening of the 
State Normal School, in Cortland, he was en- 
rolled as one of the first students, and he pur- 
sued the classical course there until May, 1870, 
when, deciding to study law, he became a stu- 
dent in the office of M. M. Waters, Esq. In 
due course he was admitted to the bar, No- 
vember, 1873. During the vacation of 1869 
he was employed in the large store of James 



S. Squires & Company. In 1873 he was elect- 
ed town clerk, holding the office for two years ; 
in 1876 he was elected justice of the peace, and 
reelected in 1880, serving for six years and 
executing the important duties of this office as 
magistrate and member of the town board with 
fidelity and ability. He resigned in 1883, in order 
to devote his entire attention to his practice, 
which had grown rapidly in the meantime. In 
politics Mr. Sands has always been a Repub- 
lican. In 1896 he was prominently mentioned 
as one of the candidates for the Republican 
nomination for justice of the supreme court, 
in the sixth judicial district. Mr. Sands re- 
luctantly accepted the nomination for member 
of assembly at the convention in 1898, when 
the party was divided by factional strife, and 
was elected. In recognition of his services as 
a wise and able legislator he was renominated 
the following year, and was reelected by a 
united party. In the legislature he supported 
all party measures, although he disagreed with 
the majority of his party in some very import- 
ant measures on which caucus action was not 
taken. As a member of the committee on 
codes, claims and federal relations, he was re- 
quired to devote much of his time to the pre- 
liminary examination of proposed laws and he 
became known as one of the few who gave 
such work conscientious attention. Codes com- 
mittee stands fourth in the list of importance 
in the assembly. In his second term he served 
on the special statutory revision committee, 
judiciary and other important committees. He 
is trustee of Cortland Savings Bank. 

Mr. Sands is a member of Cortlandville 
Lodge of Free Masons, No. 470; of Cortland 
Chapter, No. 194, Royal Arch Masons ; and 
has served several terms as master of his lodge 
and has been assistant grand lecturer in this 
district. His home is on Main street, Cort- 
land. He is unmarried. 

The surname Phelps is a varia- 
PHELPS tion of the spelling of Phillips, 

meaning son of Philip, in the 
case of the original ancestor using it. The 
spelling of the surname has been varied and a 
number of different family names are traced 
to the same origin. One family of the Phelps 
claims to be descended from the Guelph fam- 
ily of Germany, to which Queen Victoria be- 
longed, but no proof in the records has been 
found to establish the claims. Some branches 
of the American family of Phelps are descend- 

ed from the ancient Phelps family of Tewks- 
bury, Gloucestershire, England. The ancient 
coat-of-arms is described thus : Sable, lion 
chained and rampant. Various branches of 
the family bear coats-of-arms in England. 

(I) James Phelps, progenitor of most of 
the Americans of this surname, was born about 
1520, and is supposed to have been a brother 
of Francis Phylppe, of Nether Tyne, Stafford- 
shire, England. He married Joan , who 

was given permission to administer on his 
estate. May 10, 1588. Children, baptized in 
the Tewksbury AblDcy Church, England : Will- 
iam, August 4, 1 560, mentioned below ; Thomas, 
August 10, 1563; George (Giles), September 
5, 1566; Alice, December 24, 1572, married, 
June 21, 1595, John Hope; Edward, May 10, 
1578; Keneline, October 16, 1580; Richard, 
October 16, 1583: Robert, July 18, 1594; Nich- 

(II) William, son of James Phelps, was 
baptized at Tewksbury Church, August 4, 
1560, died probably in 161 1. He married Dor- 
othy , who administered his estate, and 

died in 1613. Children, baptized at Tewks- 
bury: Mary, September 4, 1587, died young; 
Mary, April 23, 1588; Thomas, June 24. 1590; 
Dorothy, February 29, 1595; William, August 

19, 1599; James, July 14, 1601 ; Elizabeth, 
May 9, i<x)3; George, mentioned below. 

(III) George, son of William Phelps, was 
born at Tewksbury, England, about 1606. He 
came to New England with his brother Will- 
iam, sailing from Plymouth, England, March 

20, 1630, in the ship "Mary and John," four 
hundred tons. Captain Squab, with one hun- 
dred and forty passengers; and landing at Nan- 
tasket. now Hull, Massachusetts. He was one 
of the original thirty settlers at Dorchester 
with his brother, and was a member of Rev. 
Mr. Warham's church. He had a grant of six 
acres of land there, January. 1632. He was 
elected one of ten men to order the affairs of 
the colony for one year. He was admitted a 
freeman. May 6, 1635. In the fall of 1635 he 
was one of the founders of Windsor, Con- 
necticut. His home there was at the junction 
of Farmington and Great rivers, the latter 
now the Connecticut, the second lot south of 
Lonmis property, and a very desirable farm. 
He had an orchard of a thousand trees. He 
married (first), in 1637, Philury, daughter of 
Phili]) Randall. Her father was born in Eng- 
land, and emigrated to New England in the 
shi]) "Mary and John" with his father. Good- 



man Randall, was in Dorchester in 1630, and 
in Windsor in 1635. She was a member of 
Rev. Mr. Warham's church, and died in Wind- 
sor, April 29, 1648. He married (second) 
Widow Frances Dewey, November 16, 1648. 
Her first husband was Joseph Clark. He re- 
moved to Westfield, Massachusetts, in 1670, 
and was a juror at Hartford and Springfield. 
His will is dated June 6, 1687. Children of 
first wife, born at Windsor: Isaac, August 26, 
1638 ; Child, died 1647 ; Abraham, January 22, 
.1641; Child, died 1647; Abigail, died 1649; 
Joseph, born June 24, 1647. Children of sec- 
ond wife: Jacob, February 7, 1650, mentioned 
below; John, February 15, 1651-52; Nathaniel, 
December 9, 1653. 

(IV) Jacob, son of George Phelps, was born 
in Windsor, February 7, 1650. He married, 
May 2, 1673, Dorothy, daughter of lohn and 
Dorothy (Lord) Ingersoll, born Hartford, 
1654; died Westfield, Massachusetts. Her 
father, John Ingersoll, came from England to 
Hartford, in 165 1, and was of Northampton, 
Massachusetts, 1666; Westfield, 1668-69. He 
married three times. Dorothy Lord was the 
daughter of Thomas Lord, gentleman, and 

Dorothy , of England, and was one of 

the first and most prominent families of Hart- 
ford. Jacob Phelps settled in Westfield, and 
died there, October 6, 1689. His widow mar- 
ried second Mr. Root. Children, born in West- 
field : Dorothy, October 18, 1674, died Febru- 
ary 2, 1675 ; Dorothy, May 20, 1675 ; Hannah, 
November 26, 1677; Israel, April 3, 1681 ; 
Benjamin, January 8, 1683-84; Joseph, August 
5, 1686; Jedediah, mentioned below. 

(V) Jedediah, son of Jacob Phelps, was 
born m Westfield, December 7, 1688. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Janes, who died in Lebanon 
Connecticut, April 10, 1757. He settled in 
Lebanon, with three of his brothers, and from 
1708 to 171 1 the land records show several 
purchases of real estate in Lebanon. He died 
there, February 13, 1752. Children, born in 
Lebanon: Elizabeth, December 3, 1709; Abi- 
gail, November 4, 1710; Jacob, April 16, 1713; 
Paul, mentioned below; Silas, January 27,' 
1720; Jeremiah. June 26, 1724; Lucy, June 
26, 1725; Jedediah, June 20, 1727. 

(VI) Paul, son of Jedediah Phelps, was 
born m Lebanon, April 25, 1717. He was a 
farmer by occupation, and settled in Lebanon, 
where he died April 13, 1752. He married, 
December 11, 1740, Jerusha, born in Lebanon, 

December 6, 1720, died there, March 17, 1752, 
daughter of William and Mercy (Bailey) 
Dewey. Children, born in Lebanon : Jemima, 
August 13, 1741; Zerviah, October 8, 1742; 
Jerusha, May 29, 1744; Lurany, August 30, 
1746, died young; Paul, October 19, 1748, 
mentioned below; Lurany, January 14, 1751. 
(VII) Paul (2), son of Paul (i) Phelps, 
was born in Lebanon, October 19, 1748. He 
married (first) Zerviah, daughter of John and 
Sarah (Huntington) Calkins. He married 
(second) Theodosia Root. He settled first in 
Lebanon, and after the death of his first wife 
removed to Mansfield, Connecticut. Thence 
he went to Westfield, Massachusetts, and then 
to Pennsylvania, where he died. He is re- 
ferred to in the will of his father, dated No- 
vember 22, 1762. The Mansfield town records 
give the baptism of Jedediah, October 3, 1784, 
with the foregoing six children, "all of the 
household of Paul and Zerviah Phelps." Chil- 
dren, born at Lebanon: Anna, September i, 
1768: Simeon, October 4, 1771 ; Zerviah, No- 
vember 16, 1773; Elijah, October I, 1775. Chil- 
dren, born at Westfield: John, May 18, 1779; 
Solomon, April 25, 1781 ; Jedediah, baptized 
October 3, 1784; Paul, baptized May 21, 1786, 
according to Mansfield church records, men- 
tioned below. 

(VIII) Paul (3), son of Paul (2) Phelps, 
was born in Alansfield, January 30, 1786. He 
settled first in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and later 
in Palmyra and Walworth, Wayne county, 
New York. He traveled on the road with a 
tin peddler's cart for many years, and was also 
a farmer. He married, February 21, 1809. 
Freelove Wait, born October 5, 1785. Chil- 
dren: Phebe, born December 29, 1809; Per- 
milia, August 12, 181 1 ; Philinda, August 9, 
1812, married Orswin Shapley ; Philo, men- 
tioned below; Lucy Ann, April 25, 1818, mar- 
ried Wooster Howard ; Lyman, December 27, 
1819; William Bowen, June 14, 1822; Arsena 
Ann, September 24, 1825 ; Henry fames, De- 
cember 5, 1827, died June 7, 1828." 

(IX) Philo, son of Paul (3) Phelps, was 
born September 14, 1815, at Shaftsbury, Ver- 
mont, died in Cortland, New York, September 
6, 1886. He is supposed to have come to Cort- 
land with his parents when quite young. He 
received a common school education, and 
worked for the Cadeys in Dryden, New York, 
for a number of years. He came to Cortland 
before the railroads were built there, and did 



contract teaming and trucking. He also dealt 
in butter and jjroduce, which he took over the 
road to Albany. Syracuse and Binghamton. 
He was actively engaged in this work until 
within two years of his death. He was a Re- 
publican in politics. He married, September 
I), 1837, Rachel, daughter of Royal and Eunice 
( .\twater) Shapley, born in X'irgil, New York, 
June 2y, 1814, died June 17, 1892. Children: 
I. Andrew S., born September 2";, 1838, soldier 
in the civil war; lives in Joliet, Illinois, manu- 
facturer. 2. Mary E., \\>r\\ 8, 1840, deceased. 
3. William E., October 21, 1841, deceased. 4. 
.Amanda J., June 5, 1843, ^Hed March g, 1844. 
3. ISyron M., November 30. 1843, with Ijenton 
Lumber Company, Cortland; married, i8fi8, 
Nellie Barber; children: Herbert J., born ( )c- 
tober 7, 1870: Webb Barber, June 3, 1881, 
married Nettie .\. Waldo, daughter, Lucy G., 
born March 28, 1908. 6. Frances A., October 
18, 1847, died September 7, 1904; married 
(first) Patrick Mallory, (second) James E. 
Lombard. 7. John Hoiuer, mentioned below. 
8. Frank A., l^^bruary 14, 1834, mentioned 
below. 9. Emily L., November 6, 1838; mar- 
ried L. R. Lewis. 

(X) John Homer, son of I'hilo I 'helps, was 
born in Cortland, August 13. 1849. He was 
educated in the district schools and at Cortland 
Academy. As a young man he worked on a 
farm, and learned the trade of carpenter. He 
worked at the latter trade for some years, 
went to work for the Benton Lumber Com- 
pany, of Cortland, in 1879, and has been with 
them since. He is the superintendent and 
foreman of the plant, and a stockholder in the 
company. He has been chief engineer of the 
fire department in Cortland and was its first 
paid chief. He is a member of the Methodist 
church. He married, June 29, 1874, Olive L. 
Hakes, born in Fabins, New York, June 22, 
1 83 1, daughter of Jesse and Catherine (Jones) 
Hakes. Children : i . Nora, born March f), 1875, 
lives at home. 2. Earl M., October 30, 1876, 
mentioned below. 3. Bertha Lazette, October 
18, 1882, died March, 1883. 4. PVances, Sep- 
tember 13, 1883: married Delmer S. Rowe. of 
Cortland ; son, John Phelps. 5. Jesse Hakes, 
mentioned below. 

(NI) I'larl M., son of John Homer Phelps, 
was born in Cortland, October 30, 1876, and 
was educated in the public schools of Cortland, 
and in the Normal School there. He also took 
a course in dairy husbandry at Cornell Uni- 
versity, and then went into the milk business 

in Cortland. He handles also butter, cheese 
and eggs, and has continued in the business for 
about ten years. He is a member of Cortland- 
ville Lodge, No. 470, Free and .Accepted 
Masons, of Cortland. In religion he is a Meth- 
odist. He married. December, 1902, Jessie 
Price, born in Liverpool, New York, May 24, 
1874, daughter of William Joshua Taylor and 
Mary .Ann (Leii-f) Price. Her father was 
" born in Poulshot. Wiltshire, England, Septem- 
ber 10, 1839, came to America in 1846, with 
his parents, returned to England, and, in 1855, 
returned to America again. He served through 
the civil war and now lives in Liverpool, New 
York. He married Mary .Ann Leifif, of Liver- 
])Ool, New York, born February 27, 1845, died 
December 5, 1901. Their children were: Lil- 
lian, Sidney and Jessie. Children of Earl M. 
Phelps : Clarion, born December 20, 1903 ; 
Earl M., October i. 1903; Florence. May 23, 
1907 ; John Homer, January 22, 1909. 

(XI) Jesse Hakes, son of John Homer 
Phelps, was born in Cortland, May 3, 1887. 
He received his education in the public schools, 
the Cortland high school and the Cortlaufl 
Business College and began his business career 
in the employ of his brother in the dairy and 
produce business. In December, 1909, he en- 
tered the insurance business, and, in January, 
lyio, was appointed general agent of the North 
.American Insurance Company, a position he 
now holds. He is a member of Cortland City 
Lodge. Knights of Pythias. In politics he is 
an indeiiendent, and in religion a Methodist. 
He married, July 13, 1903, Lillian M. Howard, 
born at Cortland, New A'ork, September 23, 
1884, daughter of William .A. and Catherine 
(Plulbert) Howard. Children : John Howard, 
born February 14, 1908 ; Olive Katherine. July 
8, 19 10. 

( X ) Frank .Augustus, youngest son of Philo 
Phelps, was born at Cortland, New York, Feb- 
ruary 14, 1834. He attended the public schools 
of his native town, the Cortlandvillc .Academy 
and the State Normal School, at Cortland. Dur- 
ing his youth he worked on his father's farm 
and he learned the trade of blacksmith when a 
young man. He was a clerk for four years 
in stores at Scranton, Pennsylvania; Auburn 
and Cortland, New York. For twenty-five 
vears he w'as em])loyed in the H. F. Benton 
LumbfT Company mill, manufacturing sash 
and blinds. Since 1002 he has been in the 
employ of the United .States government, being 
a niral free delivery carrier of mails from the 



Cortland post office. He has always taken a 
keen interest in politics and has served the 
town as collector of taxes, and city as super- 
visor in sixth ward two terms. He resigned 
the office of supervisor to accept his present 
office in the mail service. He has heen chair- 
man of the Republican village committee. In 
religion he is a Baptist, an active member and 
deacon of the First Baptist Church, of Cort- 
land. For four years he was superintendent 
of the Sunday school, and for seven years a 
trustee, most of that time being chairman of 
the board. His home is in Cortland. 

He married. September y. 1874, Harriet Lu- 
ella \"an Buren, born in Cortland. Xovember 
26, 1853, daughter of John Calvin Van Buren, 
born April 25. 1834, died May 2, 1906, and 
Rosalthea M. (Chaffee) Van Buren, born April 

3. 1837. died July 17, 1910. Moses \'an Buren, 
father of John Calvin \"an Buren, was born 
.April 4. iSti. died June 2. 1876, married. Feb- 
ruary 9, 1832, Anna Maria Baker, born March 
20, 1812, died Xovember 11, 1870. Dow \'an 
Buren, father of Moses \'an Buren, was born 
March 15, 1781, died March 24. 1856, married 
Maria Gardner, born May 7, 1781. died Janu- 
ary 25, 1854. Children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Phelps: I. Henry Emmett, born September 29, 
1873, a gas fitter and plumber in Irvington. 
Xew Jersey: married, September 8, 1897, Flor- 
ence Foote, of Ithaca. New York, born .April 
-?• '879: child, Margaret Beatrice, born Jul>' 
7. i8<;9, in Cortland. 2. Millicent Louise, born 
November 14. 1880: married, September 1. 
ic^oq. Floyd Eugene McAllister, of the firm 
of John McAllister & Son, commission mer- 
chants of Cortland. 3. Robert .Arthur, born 
November 15, 1884, now with the I'ough- 
keepsie Light, Heat and Power Company. 
Poughkeepsie, .Xew York; married. June 2(», 
1907, Katherine T. Uniacke. of Poughkeepsie. 

4. Frank Eugene, born April 9, 1887. a plumber 
by trade : married Jessie Whiting, December 
31, 1907. 5. Benjamin Harrison, born April 
10, 1889, lives with his parents; has been in the 
government mail service since he was seven- 
teen, first as substitute postman, and, since 
190S, as regular carrier. 

(Ill) William (2) Phelps, son 
PHELPS of William (i) Phelps (q. v.), 
was baptized in Tewksbury Ab- 
bey Church, Tewksbury, England. August 19, 
1599. There is no record of his wife or date 
of his marriage. He lived for a time in Tewks- 

bury, however, and his first child was born 
there. Shortly afterwards, he removed to one 
of the southern counties, and, March 20, 1630, 
with his wife, six children and brother George, 
emigrated to New England in the ship "Mary 
and John." This ship carried one hundred 
and forty passengers, who had been organized 
into a church before sailing. They landed at 
-Xantasket, now Hull, Massachusetts, May 30. 
1^130, and settled in Dorchester, the first settlers 
and founders of that town. William Phelps 
took an active jiart in town affairs and was 
made freeman during the first six months. No- 
vember 9. 1630, he was one of a jury of twelve, 
at tiie first jury trial in the New England 
colony. September 2J. i')3i. he was chosen 
constable; May 9, 1632, one of a committee 
of sixteen, chosen by the colony to see about 
the raising of a public stock. In 1635 he was 
a delegate to the general court. He was sev- 
eral times apjiointed. with others, to lay out 
and settle the bounrls between towns. In 1635 
Rev. Mr. Warliam, with sixty of his church 
in Dorchester, removed to the settling of Wind- 
sor, Coimecticut. Among his followers were 
William Phelps and his family, and brother 
( ieorge. 

From the beginning, William Phelps took 
a prominent place in the town of Windsor, 
ajid, March 3, 1636, was one of seven com- 
missioners a]3pointetl to govern the new colony, 
then under the control of the Massachusetts 
Company. In 1638 the settlers of Windsor, 
Wethersfield and Hartford met at the latter 
place, and adopted a constitution for the Con- 
necticut colony, now declared to be outside 
the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. This docu- 
ment was drawn up by the presiding magis- 
trate, Roger Ludlow, with the assistance of the 
magistrates, of whom William Phelps was one. 
He held the office of magistrate from 1639 to 
1643, 1656 to 1662. He was also deputy in 
1651. Many records of purchase and sale of 
land by him are to be found in the land records 
of Windsor. He was one of the most promi- 
nent and highly respected men in the colonv, 
and was accorded the title of Mr., given only 
to people of distinction. His first wife died 
in 1O35. and he married (second), in 1638, 
Mary Dover, one of the ])assengers on the ship 
"Mary and John," and a member of the Dor- 
chester and Windsor church. He died in 
Windsor, July 14, 1672, and his wife, Novem- 
ber 27, 1675. Children of first wife, born in 
England: Richard, baptized in Tewksburv. De- 



cember 26, 1619; William, born 1620; Sarah, 
1623; Samuel, 1625; Nathaniel, 1627; Joseph, 
1629. Children of second wife : Timothy, born 
in Windsor, mentioned below ; Mary, born in 
Windsor, March 2, 1644. 

(IV) Lieutenant Timothy Phelps, son of 
William (2) Phelps, was born in Windsor, 
September i, 1639, died in 17 19. He lived in 
Windsor, on the old homestead, on land pur- 
chased by his father from the Indians. He 
was freeman, May 2, 1664. He was chosen 
lieutenant of the train band in Windsor, May, 
1690, and captain, May, 1696. He was ap- 
pointed a lieutenant by the general court, in 
1709, and served in Queen Anne's war, under 
Colonel William Whiting, Captain Matthew 
Allyn's company. He married, March 19, 
1661, Mary, daughter of Edward Griswold, of 
Killingworth, Connecticut, born in Windsor, 
baptized October 13, 1644, died before her 
husband. Children, born in Windsor: Timo- 
thy, November i, 1663; Joseph, September 27, 
1666, mentioned below; William, February 4, 
1669; Cornelius, April 26, 1671 ; Mary, Au- 
gust 14, 1673; Samuel, January 29, I'^VS • ■^'''" 
thaniel, January 7, 1677; Sarah. December 27, 
1679; Abigail, June 3, 1682; Hannah, August 
2, 1684; Anne, October 2, 1686: Martha, No- 
vember 12, 1688. 

(V) Joseph, son of Timothy Phelps, was 
born in Windsor, September 27, 1666, died 
August 30. 1 7 16. He married, November 18, 
1686, Sarah, daughter of John and Phillury 
(Thrall) Hosford, born in Windsor, Septem- 
ber 27, 1666, died probably in Hebron. Her 
father was a man of considerable property for 
those times, and left her on his death, one hun- 
dred pounds. Joseph Phelps settled first in 
Windsor, but removed about 17 10 to Hebron, 
where he owned a large amount of land. Chil- 
dren, born in Windsor: Sarah, August 14, 
1687; Mary, June 8, 1689; Joseph, March 16, 
1692; Abigail, October 15, 1693. died young; 
Edward, 1697 ; Benoni, June 24, 1699, prob- 
ably died young; John, September 20, 1703, 
mentioned below; Abel, February 19, 1705; 
Daniel, March 28, 1707; Ichabod, April 3, 
1708; Jonathan, 1710; Abigail, December, 

(VI) John, son of Jose])h Phelixs, was bom 
in Windsor, September 20, 1703, died in Heb- 
ron, iH'bruary 10, 1769. He married (first) 
Anna, daughter of Obadiah and Mindwell 
(Phelps) Hosford (of line of George Phelps), 
I'ebruary 11 or 14, 1725. She was born in 

Windsor, February 2t,, 1705, died in Hebron, 
in 1740. He married (second), 1742, Mind- 
well Hosford, sister of his first wife. Chil- 
dren of first wife, born in Hebron : Aaron, 
March 25, 1728-29, died April 7, 1743; Anna, 
March 25, 1728-29; John, September 27, 1730, 
mentioned below; Sarah. October 4, 1733; 
Amos. May 30, 1736; Roger, December 24, 
1738. Children of second wife: Aaron, March 
31, 1743; Mindwell, 1744; Sarah, March 30, 
1745; Nathan, 1750, died young, unmarried. 

(VII) Sergeant John (2) Phelps, son of 
John ( I ) Phelps, was born in Hebron, Sep- 
tember 27, 1730, died there. He served as a 
soldier in the revolution. Fourth Connecticut 
Regiment, Colonel John Durkee, Captain Hin- 
man's company, for three years. He was made 
sergeant, August 27, 1778, discharged March 
14, 1780. He was for a time under (General 
Sullivan in New York, and after his discharge 
soon reenlisted. He was a farmer by occupa- 
tion and settled in Hebron. He married, Janu- 
ary 16, 1755. in Lebanon, Deborah Dewey, 
born in Lebanon, died in Hebron. Children, 
born in Hebron: Anna, November 12, 1755; 
John, r)ctober 19, 1757; Obadiah, January 21. 
1759; Jared, October 15, 1760: Norman, No- 
vember 8, 1763; Nathan, December 31, 1765, 
mentioned below ; Benjamin, February 3, 1768; 
Dudley, March 8, 1771 ; Keziah, June 10, 1773; 
Sarah, June 10, 1778. 

(VIII) Nathan, son of Sergeant John (2) 
Phelps, was born in Hebron, December 31. 
1765, died in I'ecket, Massachusetts, Novem- 
ber 5, 1841. He married, April C), 1786, Abi- 
gail Fuller, born Hebron, November 25, 1766, 
died in Becket, April J, 1853. She was a sis- 
ter of his brother Jared's wife. He settled in 
Becket. Children, born in Becket: Cynthia, 
January 16, 1787; Abigail, July 19, 1789, died 
August 18. 1791 ; Abigail, May 26, 1791 ; 
Alvah, June 5, 1793, died August 22, 1793; 
Nathan, August 19, 1794: Elizabeth, June 3, 
1797; Harvey, March 19, 1800; Dudley, June 
10, 1802, died .\ugust 9, 1S17; Denise, Octo- 
ber 5, 1804; Benjamin, July 14, 1807; Alvah. 
August 2, 1810; Gideon, mentioned below. 

(IX) Gideon, .son of Nathan Phelps, died 
in Triangle, New York, about 1871. The gene- 
alogy does not give his name in the list of chil- 
dren. He was a farmer at Triangle, Broome 
county. He married Martha . Chil- 
dren: Rudolphus, Harvey, Dudley, Philip; 
Seth, mentioned below ; Baruch. 

(X) Seth, son of Gideon Phelps, was born 



in Triangle, August 22, 1836, died December 
14, 1910. He was educated in the district 
schools of his native town and afterward 
taught school there. In later years he fol- 
lowed farming for his occupation. He was a 
member of the Baptist church of Triangle and 
for many years superintendent of its Sunday 
school. In politics he was a Republican. He 
married, April 14, 1858, Caroline Brockett, 
born May, 1836, in Chenango county, daugh- 
ter of Willis and Martha (Hubbard ) Brockett. 
Children : Theodore, mentioned below ; Carrie, 
October 28, 1862, married (first) George Har- 
rison, of Smithville, New York, and had one 
child, Rollin T., married (second) Edward J. 
Jones, of Triangle, a farmer ; Eugene, born 
March 17, 1870, contractor, living in Staten 
Island, New York; Mary D., twin of Eugene, 
a school teacher. 

(XI) Theodore, son of Seth Phelps, was 
born in Triangle, Broome county, New York, 
November 11, 1859. He attended the public 
and select schools of his native town. He fol- 
lowed the lumber business for three years in 
Broome and Chenango counties, for nine years 
carried on farming in Triangle, and for nine 
years was in the retail grocery business in 
Itaska, Broome county, New York. In 1905 
he came to Homer. New York, and since then 
has been engaged in the grocery business in 
that town with abundant success. Since 1905 
he has been postmaster of Little York. He 
married. May 18, 1887, Hattie Edson, of Wind- 
sor, Broome county. New York, daughter of 
Charles and Chloe (Edwards) Edson. Chil- 
dren: Helen E., born September 23, 1890, a 
student of Syracuse University ; Genevieve I., 
October 18, i893,attendingHomer high school. 

The pedigree of this family traces 
ADAMS the ancestor, according to one ac- 
count, to Ap Adam, the father of 
John, or Lord Ap Adam, who was called to 
parliament by Edward I., as Baron of the 
Realm, from 1296 to 1301, and states that he 
came out of the Marches or Borders of Wales 
into Devonshire. This statement has been dis- 
credited by genealogists, though proof of error 
seems as much wanting as proof of correct- 
ness. If correct, the lineage includes kings of 
England and France, and goes back to Charle- 

(I) Henry Aflams, immigrant ancestor, was 
bom in England, and came from Braintree, 
England, to Braintree, Massachusetts, about 

1632-33. He was allotted forty acres of 
land for the ten persons in his family, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1639-40. President John Adams, 
a descendant, believed that Henry Adams 
came from Devonshire, and erected a monu- 
ment to him in the old burying-ground at 
Braintree, now Quincy, with this inscription, 
"In memory of Henry Adams, who took flight 
from the Dragon persecution in Devonshire, 
England, and alighted with eight sons near 
Mount Wallaston. One of the sons returned 
to England ; and after taking time to explore 
the country, four removed to Medfield, and 
two to Chelmsford. C)ne only, Joseph, who lies 
here at his left hand, remained here — an orig- 
inal proprietor in the township of Braintree." 
The monument commemorates "the piety, hu- 
mility, simplicity, prudence, patience, temper- 
ance, frugality, industry and perseverance" of 
tlie Adams ancestors. 

President John Quincy Adams, however, 
dissented from the conclusion of his father 
that Henry Adams was from Devonshire. Sav- 
age agrees with the younger Adams that the 
immigrant was from Braintree, county Essex, 
England, and some of the sons were from 
Chelmsford, in that county. It is generally be- 
lieved that the wife of Henry Adams returned 
to luigland. with the daughter L'rsula, and 
died there. Henry Adams died at Braintree, 
October 6, 1646, and was buried on the 8th. 
In his will, proved June 8, 1647, he mentions 
sons Peter, John, Joseph, Edward, Samuel, 
and daughter L'rsula. Children, born in Eng- 
land : Lieutenant Henry, born 1604, married, 
November 17, 1643. in Braintree, Elizabeth 
Paine, settled in Medfield ; Lieutenant Thomas, 
1616; Captain Samuel, 1617; Deacon Jona- 
than, 1619; Peter, 1622; John, about 1624; 
Joseph, 1626; Ensign Edward, mentioned 

(II) Ensign Edward Adams, son of Henry 
Adams, was born in 1630, in England, and 
came with his parents to Braintree, Massa- 
chusetts, in 1632 or 1633. He settled with 
three other brothers, in Medfield, Massachu- 
setts. He was ensign and selectman and repre- 
sented the town in the general court in 1689- 
92-1702. He died November 12, 1716, in Med- 
field, "the last of the original settlers." He 
married (first), 1652, Lydia, daughter of Rich- 
ard and Agnes (Bicknell) Rockvvood. She 
died March 3, 1676-77: he married (second), 
1678, Widow Abigail (Craft) Ruggles.of Rox- 
bury. Massachusetts, who died in 1707; mar- 



ried (third). January 0, 1709-10, Sarah Tay- 
lor. Children, born in Medfield: Lydia, born 
July 12. 1653 ; Captain Jonathan. April 4. 1653 : 
John. I'"ebruary 18. if>57-S^- Elias, February 
18. 1658-39. married a great-granddaughter of 
Miles Standish ; Sarah. May 29. 1660; Lieu- 
tenant James. January 4. 1661-62; Henry. Oc- 
tober 29. 1663. mentioned below; Mehitable. 
March 30. 1665; Elisha. August 25, 1666; Ed- 
ward, June 28. 1668; Ijethia, April 12, 1670, 
died 1672; Bethia. August 18. 1672. died 
young ; Abigail. June 25, 1673, died young : 
Miriam, February 26, 1676-77, died young. 

(Ill) Henry (2), son of Ensign Edward 
Adams, was born October 29. 1663. in Med- 
field. lie married (first), December 10. 1(^191. 
Patience, daughter of Thomas and Mar)' 
( Wight ) Ellis. She was born February 22, 
166S-69, died 1693. He married (second). 
1697-98, in Providence. Rhode Island, Ruth 
Ellis, sister of Patience, born October 31. 1670. 
He married (third) }klrs. Hannah Adams, at 
Canterbury, Connecticut. He removed first 
to Providence, where he married his second 
wife, and had several children born. Thence 
he removed to Canterbury, about 1706, where 
he spent the remainder of his life. He died 
there. June 22, 1749. His last wife. Hannah, 
died Alarch 20. 1748-49. His will was made 
Sejitemher 10. 1748. and ])roved July 21. 1749. 
He be(|ueathed to his wife the goods she 
brought with her for her three daughters, 
names his three sons. David, Solomon and 
Ebenezer, giving to the first mentioned twenty 
pounds, and to the other two. ten pounds each. 
To his three daughters. Hannah Burnap. Ruth 
Kingaley and Patience, he gave four hundred 
pounds in bills of credit. A residue of his 
property was to go to Henry and Jose])h. and 
liis son David and son-in-law, .Abraham Bur- 
nap, were named as executors. Children, born 
in Medfield, of first wife: David, September 
3, 1692; Hannah, February 21, 1693-94. Chil- 
dren of second wife, born in Providence: Solo- 
mon, April 23, 1699; Henry, October 14, 1700: 
Ruth, Ai)ril 10, 1702; Ebenezer (twin), Feb- 
ruary I I. 1704: Patience (twin) ; Joseph, men- 
tioned below. 

( I\' ) Joseph, soTi of Henry (2) .Xdams. 
was born in Providence. July 28. 1706. died in 
New Marlborough, Massachusetts, October. 
1769. He settled in New Marlborough, and 
was one of the five jjcrsons who formed the 
first church in that town. He married, 1738, 
Miriam, daughter of Moses and Mary (John- 

son) Cleveland, born January 30, 1718-19, died 
in New Marlborough, June 18, 1766. Her 
father. Closes Cleveland, had a brother Aaron, 
who was the father of Grover Cleveland. Her 
mother was Mary (Johnson) Cleveland, daugh- 
ter of Obadiah Johnson, of Canterbury. Con- 
necticut. Children, born in Canterbury: .Mary. 
September 2ji„ 1738: Aaron, .April 14. 1741, 
died young: Huldah. June 26, 1743. jjorn in 
•New Marlborough: Captain Simon, March 12, 
1746, a soldier in the revolution; Corporal 
Moses. November 30. 1748. mentioned below; 
Henry. September 30. 1750; Sergeant Zebe- 
diah. July 5. 1733. soldier in the revolution; 
Alice. December 8. 1733 ; Joseph. April 3. 1758. 
died August 18. 1858; Aaron. July 20. 1761, 
soldier in the revolution. 

( \' ) Moses, son of Joseph Adams, was born 
in New Marlborough, November 30. 1748. He 
was a soldier in the revolution, enlisted from 
Lenox. Massachusetts, corporal in Captain 
.'foul's company. .April ig. 1773. served seven- 
teen days; enlisted May 8. 1773. Captain Noah 
.Allen's company. Colonel Edward Wiggles- 
worth's regiment, served one month, one day; 
reported dead, August, 1777, at Valley Forge. 
He married .Ann Willard, a sister of Dr. Will- 
iam W^illard. Children, born in Lenox : Nor- 
man, died young of yellow fever, at Philadel- 
phia ; Moses, born about 1772-73. mentioned 
below; Captain Lyman. April 12. 1773. 

(\'l) Moses (2). son of Moses (i ) Adams, 
was born in Lenox, about 1^/2-7^, died in 
Wayne county. New York, in 1842. He mar- 
ried Sylvia Johnson, who died December 5. 
1832. aged seventy-five,, He removed from 
Lenox to L^nion (now Lisle), Broome county. 
New York. Children, born in L^nion (now 
Lisle): Norman. .August 10. 1794; Charles, 
June 14. 1707; Louisa. March 7. 1798; Har- 
riet. Sejitcmber 24. 1799; Closes. January 10. 
1802. mentioned below; Edward. Jime 30. 
1804; George. April 13, 1806; Walter. Febru- 
ary 23. 1808; A'alentine, February, 1810, died 
March 11. 1811. 

(\TI) Moses (3). son of Moses (2) Adams, 
was born in Union village, town of Lisle. Jan- 
uarv ID. 1802. died in Alarathon. New York, 
lanuarv 21, 1890. He was bound out at the 
age of eight years, and lived with his guardian, 
with the exce[)tion of a few years, until the 
death of the latter. He was left, by will, the 
farm, the farming utensils, and one-half of the 
stock. He continued to live on this farm and 
to carr\- it on until 1S61. when he removed to 



Marathon. In ])olitics he was originally a 
Whig, but upon the formation of the Repub- 
lican jiarty became a member of the latter 
party. He served as assessor and supervisor 
of his town for a number of years. He mar- 
ried, October 28, 1824, -Vnn, daughter of Moses 
Lockwood, born in Pound Ridge, Westchester 
county. New York, .\pril 6, 1803, (Jied in 
Marathon, March, 1893. Children: Lyman, 
born October 31, 1825. mentioned below ; Mary 
Ann, July 24, 1828. marrieil Charles Brink, 
deceased; Eveline, January 29, 1830, married 
Benjamin B. Woodworth, lived in Cortland : 
Charles C, Alay 30, 1832; Helen A.. August 
21, 1834, married Edward Dunham Robie, a 
retired United States naval engineer, lives in 
Washington. D. C. ; John O., April 7, 1837: 
Walter. I'ebruarv '). 1840, of Marathon. Xew 

(\'lll) Lyman, son of Mcjses (3) Adams. 
was Ijorn in Marathon, C^ctober 31, 1825, and 
received a common school education in the 
town of Lisle. Here he remained until he was 
twenty-two years old. He then taught school 
for three months, and later went into a store 
in Broome county as a clerk, and also clerked 
in a store at East \'irgil. At the end of a few 
months, in 1849. he returned to his native 
town, Marathon, and stayed there as a clerk 
for about five years. In October, 1853. he 
went into a general mercantile business with 
R. P. Burhans as partner. At the end of a 
year they took into partnership Anson Peck, 
and after two years more Mr. Burhans went 
out of the business, which was then conducted 
under the firm name of Peck & .\dams. In 
i860 James H. Tripp was taken into the firm 
and the name became Peck, .\dams & Tripp. 
After a short time they closed out the business, 
and dissolved the partnership. Messrs. .\dams 
and Tripp then removed to Canandaigua, New- 
York, where they were employed in a bank. 
At the end of a year there, they returned to 
Marathon, leased their old storeroom, and car- 
ried on a mercantile business until 1883, when 
they again closed it out. Before this they had 
together conducted a private banking business, 
wdiich had been highly successful, and. in 1883, 
set about organizing a bank, into which they 
merged their own banking interests. In 1884 
the First National Bank of Marathon, was 
started, with Mr. Tripp as president, and Mr. 
.Adams held the position of cashier until his 
death. Mr. Adams distinguished iiimself in 
business as a shrewd, practical and conserva- 

tive man, of good judgment and unquestion- 
ed integrity. He was a Republican in poli- 
tics, but had given little time to political mat- 
ters. He served, however, as supervisor of 
the town for two years. 

He married (first), September 15, 1853. 
Ruth, daughter of William and Lucy ( Church) 
S(|uires, of Marathon, died January 6, 1863. 
He married (second), September 11, 1865, 
Louisa M.. daughter of William L. Denton. 
Child of first wife, born in Marathon: Edgar 
L., .April 2J. 1857, mentioned below. Child of 
second wife, born in Marathon: Augusta D., 
August 15, 1873, died January 30, 1904, mar- 
ried Thaddeus R. Clark, of Marathon. 

(IX) Edgar L.. son of Lyman Adams, was 
born at Marathon, New York, April 27, 1857. 
He began his education in the public schools 
of his native tovi'n, and, like many successful 
men, is still educating himself. The Mara- 
thon Jndcpciuicnt was established in July, 1870, 
and in the follow'ing April he became an ap- 
prentice in the office of that new-spaper. In 
the fall of 1872 he entered the emj^loy of his 
father's firm as clerk, but a mercantile life was 
not attractive, and, in 1874, he returned to the 
office of the Independent, and worked in vari- 
ous positions until .April, 1876, when he ac- 
cepted a position as local editor of the Cort- 
land Democrat, then owned by B. B. Jones. 
Two months later he was called back to Mara- 
thon to take charge of the Independent, on ac- 
count of the failing health of its publisher, 
Wallace Kelley, and when the business was 
sold, in December following, he continued as 
editor of the ]iaper, in the employ of the new 
owners, lirooks & Day. This firm was suc- 
ceeded, May I, 1878, by Brooks & .Adams, the 
interests of the jimior partner having been ac- 
quired by Mr. Adams, and with the exception 
lit a brief period, Mr. xAdams has been editor 
and pr(>]:)rietor ever since. For a time he was 
on the staiT of the Syracuse Sunday Times, 
having leased the Independent from 1880 to 
1881. As a writer, especially of humorous 
paragraphs, Mr. Adams has won a national 
rejnitation. The paragrajjhs that brightened 
his newspaper week after week gave it a wide 
circidation and were copied extensively in other 
publications. In recent years the pressure of 
numerous business interests and public duties 
have restricted his output as a writer, but his 
wit is in evidence from time to time in the 
Independent and in after-dinner speeches. 

"Brick" Pomerov. editor of Pomerov's Dem- 


ocrat, and a wit of national reputation, said of 
Mr. Adams in an article entitled "The Humor- 
ous Writers of America" : "The Cortland Dem- 
ocrat, N. Y., independent, is another paper, 
whose editor has sense, wit and ambition, Ed. 
L. Adams is its editor, and he is fast making 
his paper noted in causing people to inquire 
as to the size and whereabouts of Marathon. 
His paper is largely quoted, as its paragrajjhs 
are unusually pointed, witty and close-fitting. 
Almost any man can write a long article, but 
it takes a good man to let go, when he has said 
enough." Mr. Adam's connection with the 
New York State Press x\ssociation has made 
him widely accjuainted among the newspaper 
men of the state and he enjoys the personal 
friendship of many prominent writers. A con- 
temporary editor recently wrote a sketch of 
Mr. Adams, in which he said : "He is manifest- 
ly a character and a leader. Everybody loves 
Edgar, partly because he is full of wit, full of 
ideas, full of energy and life and is an all- 
round good fellow, and partly because he is 
just lovable. * * How Marathon would sur- 
vive without Edgar L. Adams is a problem. 
He has dip])ed into various branches of liter- 
ary work — humorous, pathetic, political and 
just plain news items. He has, we believe, re- 
frained from poetry. His readers can, there- 
fore, look back over his career and forgive 
many of his sins. As a humorous writer he 
has in his time pleased such raucous critics as 
the once famous 'Brick' I'omeroy, who praised 
his humorous work; and, away along in the 
twenty-first century, we will say, when obitu- 
ary writers or rather historians, set forth the 
annals of the truly great and good, it is not 
improbable that the name of Edgar L. Adams 
will shine forth in letters of burnished gold 
with such contemporary humorists as George 
Ade, Wu Ting Eang, Rorge Jailey of the 
Houston Post, Chauncey Depew, E. Tracey 
Sweet of the Scranton Tribune-Republican, 
Irvin S. Cobb and others of the present day 
who are helping to brighten life with their 
wit and wisdom. At even a still more remote 
period, when some enterprising mahatma is 
pawing around among the sjiooks in search of 
a convivial s])irit to drive away the blues, we 
hope Edgar may be found in his little sanctum 
in Marathon, buried in his paper — The Inde- 
pendent — for somebody must read it, you 
know. In the meantime, he is publishing a 
newspaper worth, among other considerations. 

any farmer's cordwood and turnips in pay- 
ments of arrears on subscription." 

It is hardly necessary to add that the Inde- 
pendent exerts a large and wholesome influ- 
ence in the community by virtue of its inde- 
pendent and jniblic-spirited policy. He is vice- 
president of the New York State Press Asso- 
ciation. He has been a member of the Demo- 
cratic county committee and often represents 
his party as delegate to nominating conven- 
tions. He was president of the village of 
Marathon in 1894-95. For sixteen years he was 
a member and twelve years secretary of the 
board of education of Marathon. He was the 
nominee of his party for assemblyman in this 
district. He declined a nomination for county 
treasurer in 1893. He was one of the prime 
movers in securing a municipal water works 
and served on the original water commission, 
and is now a member of that body. 

He is a stockholder of the First National 
Bank and was one of the founders and for 
three years was vice-president of the Climax 
Road Machine Company. He is a member of 
Marathon Lodge, No. 438, Free and Accepted 
Masons, of Marathon ; of Cortland Chapter. 
No. 194, Royal Arch Masons ; of Cortland 
Commandery, No. 50, Knights Templar; of 
Katurah Temple. Mystic Shrine, of Bingham- 
ton. For three years he was president of the 
A. H. Barber Hose Company of the local fire 
department. He attends the Presbyterian 

He married. May 13, 1879, Ella V. Court- 
ney, born July 21,' 1861, of Willet. Cortland 
countv, daughter of Ojcar and Carshena 
(Over) Courtnev. Thev have no children. 

The surname P>enedict is de- 
BENEDICT rived from the Latin bencdic- 

tus, meaning blessed, used as 
a personal or baptismal name in Latin coun- 
tries, and, in fact, throughout all Europe. St. 
Benedict founded the Romau Catholic Order 
of Benedictine, in .\. D. 520, fourteen Popes 
taking this name between 574 and 1740. 

( I ) Thomas Benedict, immigrant ancestor, 
was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 
1617. According to family traclition, ajiparent- 
Iv verified, he was the only representative of 
his family when he came to .America. His an- 
cestors, original from the districts of France, 
and of Latin ancestry, fled to Germany on ac- 
count of religious persecution, thence to Hoi- 



land and finally settled in England. He mar- 
ried Mary liridgum, or Bridghani. who came 
to New England, in 1638, in the same ship. 
The family history was written in 1755, by 
Deacon James Benedict, who had his facts 
from the wife of the immigrant, viz: "Be it 
remembered that one William Benedict about 
the beginning of tiie fifteenth century (doubt- 
less meaning about the year 1500), who lived 
in Xi)ttinghamshire, England, had a son born 
unto him whom he called William after his 
own name (an only son) and this William, 
the second of the name, had also an only son 
whom he called William, and this third W'ill- 
iam had in the year 1617 one only child whom 
he called Thomas and this Thomas' mother 
dying, his father married the widow Bridgum. 
Now this Thomas was put out an ajjprentice 
to a weaver who afterwards in his twenty-first 
year came over to New England together with 
his sister-in-law (step-sister) Mary Bridgum. 
Afterwards said Thomas was joined in mar- 
riage with Mary Bridgum. After they had 
lived some time in the Bay parts ( Massachu- 
setts) they removed to Southold, Long Island, 
where were born unto them five sons and four 
daughters, whose names were Thomas, John, 
Samuel, James, Daniel, Betty. Mary. Sarah and 
Rebecca. From thence they removed to a 
farm belonging to the town called Hassama- 
mac. where they lived some time. Then they 
removed to Jamaica on said island where 
Thomas their eldest son took to wife Mary 
Messenger of that town. And last of all they 
removed to Norwalk, Fairfield county, Con- 
necticut, with all their family where they all 
married." The generations are given down to 
the time of writing, March 14, 1755, by James 
Benedict, of Ridgefield, Connecticut. 

Traces of Thomas Benedict are found on 
the records at Jamaica. December 12. 1662, 
when he was appointed to lay out the south 
meadows and was voted a home lot. He 
served on other committees and held various 
■offices. He was appointed magistrate, March 
20, 1663, by Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch gov- 
ernor of New Amsterdam. In the same year 
he signed the petition for annexation to Con- 
necticut. He was lieutenant of the town, De- 
cember 3, 1663; was a grantee of Elizabeth- 
town. February 8, 1665, he was appointed 
■one of the two delegates from Jamaica to a 
general meeting of Long Island towns in New 
York. This is thought to be the first English 
legislative body convened in New Y'ork. April 

7, 1665, he was appointed lieutenant of the 
foot company of Jamaica. After coming to 
Connecticut he was town clerk of Norwalk, 
1665, and reappointed the following year. He 
continued to hold this office until 1674, and 
after an interval of three years, was again 
appointed. The records, in his own handwrit- 
ing, are still preserved, and are legible and 
properly attested by his own signature. He 
was selectman for seventeen years, ending in 
1688. As early as 1669 he was a freeman: 
representative to the general assembly in 1670, 
and again in 1675. In May, 1684, he and three 
others were appointed by the general court to 
plant a town at Pa(|uiage. This town was 
later, 1687, called Danbury. "His good sense 
and general intelligence, some scientific knowl- 
edge and his skill as a ]ienman, made him their 
recourse when pa])ers were to be drafted, 
lands to be surveyed, and apportioned or dis- 
putes to be arbitrated. It is evident that very 
general respect for his judgment prevailed, 
and that trust in his integrity was equally 
general and implicit." It is highly probable 
that he was concerned in establishing the 
church both at Southold and Huntington, and 
was also identified with the founding of the 
first Presbyterian church in America, at Ja- 
maica, in 1662. He was deacon of the Nor- 
walk church during the last years of his life. 
His will was executed February 28, 1689-90. 
Of his household James Benedict wrote: 
"Thomas Benedict and Mary, his wife, who 
walked in the midst of their house with a per- 
fect heart. They were strict observers of the 
Lord's day from even to even." Many of his 
descendants followed in the office of deacon of 
the church. "The savor of his piety, as well 
as his venerable name, has been transmitted 
through a long line of deacons and other godly 
descendants to the seventh generation." Chil- 
dren : Thomas, died November 20, 1688-89 '< 
John : Samuel, mentioned below ; James ; Dan- 
iel ; Elizabeth, married John Slauson ; Mary, 
married John Olmsted ; Sarah, married James 
Beebe ; Rebecca, married Dr. Samuel Wood. 
( II) Samuel, son of Thomas P>enedict, lived 
with his father until after his removal to Nor- 
walk, Connecticut. He married diere (first) 
name unknown. He married (second), July 
7. 1678, Rebecca, daughter of Thomas An- 
drews, of Fairfield, Connecticut. In the fall 
of 1684 and the following spring, he with sev- 
eral others, mostly connections of the Benedict 
family, purchased land of the Indians and 

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made the first settlement at Danbury. "They 
soon built a little church, only forty feet by 
thirty; when its frame was raised every person 
in the town was present and sat together on 
the sills." Samuel Benedict, who had been a 
deacon when living in Norwalk, was also first 
deacon of this church. In the patent of Dan- 
bur}', granted by the general assembly. May, 
1702, he is named as patentee. His will, made 
at Danbury, April 15, 1718, was recorded 
March 20, 1719. Children: Joanna, born Oc- 
tober 22. 1673; Samuel. March 5, 1C175 ; 
Thomas, March 27, 1679; Nathaniel, mention- 
ed below: Abraham, June 21, i()8i ; Rebecca, 
married, June 18, 1712, Samuel Piatt; Esther. 

(III) Nathaniel, son of Samuel Benedict, 
made his will January 19, 1767, and it was 
proved December 11, 1767. It mentions wife 
Sarah, sons Isaac and Nathaniel, also grand- 
son John, of Cornwall. The inventory of his 
estate amounted to two hundred and twenty- 
one pounds three shillings seven pence. Chil- 
dren: John; Isaac, born in 1719, menlioncd 
below; Nathaniel; Samuel, 1726. 

(IV) Isaac, son of Nathaniel Benedict, was 
born in 1719, and married Mary Videtto, of 
Danbury, who died November 2, 1803. He 
died September 15, 18 13, at Monterey, Alassa- 
chusetts. He bought land in Tyringiiam, Mas- 
sachusetts, in 1772, but was living in Danbury. 
when he made his will, August 3, 1801. Chil- 
dren: Abigail, September 30, 1745: Abel, men- 
tioned below; Mary, November 21, 1750; Sam- 
uel, July 29, 1753 ; Priscilla, July 6, 1755 ; Eliz- 
abeth, February 3, 1761 ; Rebecca, November 
20, 177 1. 

(V) Abel, son of Isaac lienedict, was born 
October i, 1748, and married Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Hezekiah and Hannah (Judd) Benedict. 
Hezekiah Benedict was the son of James, 
grandson of James, and great-grandson of 
Thomas Benedict. He was a royalist in the 
revolution, moved to Schoharie coimty, about 
1775-76, and died there. Hannah, wife of 
Abel Benedict, was born T747, and died De- 
cember 28, 1799. Abel Benedict was a lieu- 
tenant in the revolution. He lived at Mon- 
terey, and died there, December 20, 1819. Chil- 
dren: Mary, died young; Hannah, married 
Sereno Dwight, of Aurelius; Lucy, married 

Pearce, of I'ompey; Jemima, married 

Stephen, son of Gilbert Ijenedict ; Phebe, died 
yoimg; Clarissa, married Ethel, son of Na- 
thaniel Bt'nedict ; Isaac, born May 29, 1775; 
Abel, mentiiined below. 

(\T) Abel (2). son of Abel (i) Benedict, 
was born February 11, 1777, and married, Sep- 
tember 5, 1799, Betsey, daughter of Samuel 
W'adsworth, who died June 4, 1840. He died 
.November 25, 1824, at Cortian<l, New York. 
Children: Laura, born September 1, 1800; Al- 
bert, November 4, 1802 ; Eliza, September 22, 
1804, died October 15, 1815; Horace, men- 
tioned below; Luke, January 14, 1809; Julia, 
July 17, 181 1 ; William, May 16, 1813, died 
May 13, 1814; Oren, April 20, 1816, died No- 
vember, 1824: Orilla, April 20, 1816; Cieorge 
\V., November 28, 1818: Rensselaer D., Janu- 
ary ^o, 1821, died March, i8()i ; Almon F., 
October 8, 1824. 

( \ II ) Horace, son of Abel (2) Benedict, 
was born October 21, 1806, married, F^ebruary 
I, 1844, Nancy L., born 1826, daughter of 
Levi Bonney. He lived in Cortlandville, New 
York. Children : Archibald W., born August 
20, 184s: Byron A., mentioned below; Lovina 
.\I.. May 10, 1848; Orilla, July 23, 1849; 
Emma M.. July 13, 1851 ; Elmer IL, June 18. 
i8f)i. died February 17, 1862: Irving A.. 
March 8, 1863. 

( \ HI) Byron .\lmon, son of Horace Bene- 
dict, was born in Cortlandville, Cortland coun- 
ty. New York, October 11, 1846, and died at 
Cortlantl, -March 16, 1908. He attended the 
public schools and Cortland Academy, and was 
graduated from Hamilton College, .\fter 
leaving college he began the study of law in the 
office of Judge W. H. Shankland and was ad- 
mitted to the bar. He became the junior part- 
ner in the well-known law firm of Duell & 
P>enedict, wdiich continued until the death of 
Judge Duell, after which he was alone in prac- 
tice at Cortland. During the six years jjrior 
to his death, he also had an office in Syracuse, 
but continued to reside in Cortland. Twice he 
was elected district attorney of Cortland coun- 
ty, and for many years he was one of the 
leaders of the bar. In addition to his law- 
business he was interested financially in vari- 
ous enterprises and ac(|uired large holdings 
in real estate. He was a director and attorney 
of the Cortland National I5ank and one of the 
promoters .'uid owners of the o])era house in 
Cortland. In religion he was a Presbyterian. 
While in college he was a member of the Theta 
Delta Chi fraternity, of Hamilt(jn. 

He married, in 1870, .\nna T. Clapp, of 
Hartford, Connecticut, born Se])tember 22, 
1847, daughter of Aaron and Priscilla S. 
(Ilurlhurt) Cla])]). Her father was born in 

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Nortlianipton, Massachusetts, and was de- 
scended from one of the most prominent of 
the early colonial families of Drirchester. Mas- 
sachusetts, his grandfather, Thomas Clapp, 
being one of the presidents of Yale College. 
Children: I. Bessie, born November 13, 1879: 
married, July 30, 1902, William H. Mctiraw. 
of Cortland, of the firm of McGraw & Elliott, 
druggists; cliild : Harvey Benedict McGraw, 
born June 20, 1904. 2. Harriet Priscilla. born 
January 30, i8c86; married, December 20, 1908, 
Levi Richard Chase, a lawyer, of Cortland, and 
ex-district attorney. 3- Florence .A., died in 

The name Hulbert is spelled 
HULRERT in different ways, Hulbert, 

Hulburt, Hulbut, Hurlbut, be- 
ing among those most commonly used. The 
coat-of-arms of the English family is: Quar- 
terly argent and sable, in the sinister chief and 
de.xter base, each a lion rampant, or, over all 
a bend gules, charged with the amulets of the 

(I) Thomas Hulbert, or Hurlbut, came to 
America early, and was a soldier under Lionel 
Gardiner in the fight at Saybrook, Connecticut, 
in 1635. It is supposed that he came with 
Gardiner in a fishing vessel, July 10, 1635. In 
an encounter with the Pequot Indians, in 1637, 
he was wounded by an arrow, almost through 
the thigh. An account of this skirmish was 
left in a manuscript by Lionel Gardiner, he 
being urged to w-rite it, as he said, by Robert 
Chapman. Thomas Hulbert and Major Mason. 
They were a company of ten men and were 
attacked by about a hundred Indians, whom 
they successfully held off until they reached 
their homes. Thomas Hulbert was a black- 
smith by trade, and after the Pequot war estab- 
lished himself in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 
where he was one of the early settlers. He 
was clerk of the train band in 1640, deputy to 
the general court, grand juror, and constable 
in 1644. He had grants of land in Wethers- 
field, for his services in the Indian wars. It 
is said that the house occupied, in 1888, by 
Miss Harriet Mitchell, in Wethersfield, was 
on the site of his house. He married Sarah 

. Children : Thomas ; John, born March 

8, 1642: Samuel; Joseph; Stephen, mentioned 
below ; Cornelius. 

(II) Stephen, son of Thomas Hulbert, was 
born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, about 1649. 
He was twice married. .According to one au- 

thority, he married. December 12, 1678, Doro- 
thy , and acciirding to another, he mar- 
ried, on the same ilate, Pliebe . He is sup- 
posed to have been a mechanic by occupation. 
He was granted by the town of Wethersfield, 
February 2^. 1694, "a jiiece of land 8 feet in 
breadth, 70 feet in length, flanking upon his 
nwn lot next his house to set a shop upon." 
There is nu recurd nf his death nor of the 
deaths of either of his wives. Children (if 
.Stephen and Dorothy, the first four born in 
Wethersfield: .Stephen, Se]5tember 17, 1679; 
Thomas, January 2^. 1681, mentioned below r 
Joseph, July 10, 1683; I'.enjamin, October 29, 
"1685: Pl"ui)e. .\ugust'2, 1688; Dorothy, March 
5, 1690. 

(HI) Thomas ( 2 ), son of Stephen Hulbert, 
was born in Wethersfield, January 23, i(58i. 
He was a farmer by occupation and spent his 
life in his native town. He married. January 
II, 1703, Rebecca, daughter of John Meekins. 
of Wethersfield, or East Hartford, and grand- 
daughter of the immigrant, John Biddle, of 
Hartford. He died April 10, 1761. His will 
was dated November 19, 1755, and left one- 
third of the estate to his wife during her life. 
Children, born in Wethersfield : Stephen, Feb- 
ruary 3. 1706; Hannah, March 8, 1708; John, 
October i, 1710; Rebecca. January 12, 1713; 
Thomas, February 19, 171 5; Amos, .\pril 14. 
1717: Elijah, December 9, 1719; Elizabeth. 
1721 ; Timothy, mentioned below. 

( I\' ) Timothy, son of Thomas ( 2 ) Hulbert, 
was born in Wethersfield, January 16, 1723. 
He was a farmer by occupation and lived in his 
native town. He owned also land in Glaston- 
bury, Connecticut, wdiich he had received from 
his father's estate. He married, C)ctober 5, 

1737, Sarah Clark. Both his name and that 
of his wife a])pear in the catalogue of Wethers- 
field church, 1758. He died August, 1773, and 

his widow married (second) Collins, 

and ( third ) ' Chamberlain. Children, 

born in Wethersfield : Timothy, August 12, 

1738, mentioned below ; Titus, April 15, 1760; 
Sarah. January 7, 1762: Philip, .September 30, 
1764, died Xovember 30, 1766; Ruth, Novem- 
ber 22. 1766; Philip, January 7, ijCnj. 

(V ) Timothy (2), son of Timothy (i) 
Hulbert, was born in Wethersfield, .August 12. 
1758. He learned the trade of carpenter, but 
was afterwards a farmer. He lived in Pitts- 
field, where he applied to be exempt from 
church taxation. He died July 12, 1838. He 
married (first), March 7, 1784, Mary Robbins. 



born in Pittsfield, January 13, 1765, died there 
June 4, 1809. He married (second), March, 
181 1, OHve Caldwell, born in Pittsfield, died 
there, October 16, 1855, or 1856. Children, 
born in Pittsfield: Elizabeth, December 14, 
1784: Stephen, July 31, 1786; Mary, January 
17, 1788; Timothy, October 2, 1789, mentioned 
below; Huldah, September 11, 1791 ; Sarah, 
June 14, 1793, died June 27, 1793; Sarah 
(twin), September 16, 1794; Polly (twin), 
died September 17, 1794: Oren, October 26, 
1796; Julia Ann, August 13, 1798; William 
Hayes, November ii, 1800: Laura Maria, 
March 5, 1803; Royal Alonzo, July 17, 1804; 
Jerome P)Onaparte, August, 1806. 

(VI) Timothy (3), son of Timothy (2) 
Hulbert, was born in Pittsfield, October 2, 
1789. About 1810 he removed to Truxton, 
New York, where he lived until his death, 
May 20, 1848. He was a carpenter and joiner 
by trade, and did a wonderful amount of busi- 
ness. Much of his handiwork in those lines 
has remained until to-day as a witness of his 
careful workmanship and honest efforts. He 
became the owner of a large farm and attain- 
ed prominence and high standing in^ his com- 
munity. During his younger years he organ- 
ized a military company, of which he was 
made captain. His commission, dated April 
8, 1822, was signed by Governor DeWitt Clin- 
ton, and his company was assigned to the One 
Hundred and Twenty-fourth Regiment, state 
militia. In politics he was a Democrat of an 
uncompromising type, and an ardent supporter 
of his party at all times. He represented his 
town on the board of supervisors for years, 
and was once a candidate for the nomination 
of member of assembly. In religion he was a 
Methodist, and trustee of the local society. 
He married, February i, 1817, Mehitabel 
Miner, of West Bloomfiekl, New York, born 
July 20, 1797. He had six sons, all of whom 
were in the produce business ; two located in 
New York (I'ity, where they were large pro- 
<luce dealers and exporters, and the other four 
scattered throughout the state, buying and 
raising produce. Children : Emily Eliza, born 
March 24, 1818; William, December 26, 1819; 
Pauline, March 9, 1822, died August 29. 1823; 
Lafayette, June 29, 1824, mentioned below; 
Jerome, February 23, 1827, mentioned below; 
George Allen, September 27, 1829, mentioned 
below: Marvin Miner, November 7, 1832; Ed- 
win Murray, Jainiary 2, 1836. 

(\'n) Lafayette, son of Timothy (3) Hul- 

bert, was born in Truxton, New York, June 
29, 1824. He was a produce dealer and ex- 
porter in New York City, and was associated 
with his brother William. He carried on busi- 
ness there as late as 1863. He married Helen 
Miner, of Jersey City, New Jersey. Children: 
Ernest M., mentioned below ; Marvin Miner, 
born June i, i860, died January 26, 1861 ; 

(VIII) Ernest M., son of Lafayette Hul- 
bert. was born in New York City, in 1854, died 
in Cortland, New York, September 20, 1905. 
He attended the schools of New York City, 
also Holbrook Military School on the Hudson, 
and Peekskill Military School. He prepared 
for West Point, but on account of his father's 
death, was obliged to give it up. He removed 
to Cortland and went into the hardware busi- 
ness with William Newkirk. Later he became 
engaged in the manufacture of window screens 
with W. J. Greenman. He had besides e.xten- 
sive real estate interests in Cortland, and dur- 
ing the later years of his life was retired from 
active life. He was a member of the Presby- 
terian church. He married Ella Roe, daughter 
of Jerome and Mary (Roe) Hulbert (see Hul- 
bert VII). Child, Louis Roe, mentioned below. 

(IX) Louis Roe, son of Ernest M. Hul- 
bert, was born in Cortland, New York, April 
17, 1 881. He attended the Cortland Normal 
School, Cascadilla Preparatory School, and 
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachu- 
setts. After finishing his college course, he 
entered the manufacturing plant of his father 
in Cortland. In January, 1910, he began the 
manufacture of slioes in Cortland in company 
with H. R. Rice, under the firm name of Rice- 
Hulbert Shoe Company. He is a member of 
the Presbyterian church. He married, June, 
1906, Irene, daughter of William and Esther 
(Jennings) Hout. They have one son, Ernest 
Hout, born August, 1907. 

(VII) Jerome, son of Timothy (3) Hul- 
bert, was born February 23, 1827, in Truxton, 
New York. He received a common school 
education, and afterwards learned the trade of 
harness-maker. He did not, however, con- 
tinue that occupation for any length of time, 
but, in 1855, entered the wholesale produce 
business with four of his brothers. He re- 
mained in this latter business throughout his 
life and was eminently successful in it. In 
politics he was a Republican, nuich interested 
in the cause of good government, and radically 
o[i]i()sed to the rule of party bosses. He never 



sought office, however. In religion he was a 
Presbyterian, and a very active member of that 
church. For years he was the superintendent 
of the Sunday school, also president of the 
Young Men's Christian Association. He was 
a man of rare attainments, and held in the 
highest respect by all who knew him. In his 
business relations he united keen judgment, 
strict integrity and an unusual sense of jus- 
tice. In his home life he was loyal and most 
indulgent to the members o_f his family. He 
was public spirited and always ready to take 
up any work which would contribute to the 
prosperity and welfare of his town. He lived 
the greater part of his life in Marathon. He 
married Mary, daughter of Sylvester Roe (see 
Roe VI). He died in Marathon, December 
17, 1884. Child, Ella Roe, married Ernest M. 
Hulbert (see Hulbert \III). 

(\'II) George .Allen, son of Timothy (3) 
Hulbert, was born September 2~, 1829, in 
Truxton, New York. He attended the local 
schools, and, in 1851, entered Cortlandville 
Academy to prepare for Yale College. He 
did not, however, enter college, but instead 
commenced the study of law in the office of 
Judge Daniel Hawks, then county judge and 
surrogate of Cortland county. He continued 
his study of law in the offices of H. & K. L. 
Ballard, at Cortland, and with Hon. Charles 
Mason, justice of the supreme court of Hamil- 
ton, Madison county. For advanced legal study 
he spent a year at the law school, at Ballston 
Spa, Saratoga county, and finished his course 
at the Albany Law School. In 1834 he was ad- 
mitted to the bar and began the practice of his 
profession in Hornellsville, Steuben county. 
After spending fourteen months in that city 
he removed to Chicago, Illinois, where he en- 
tered the office of John H. Kedzie and re- 
mained about a year. He then returned to the 
east, and became engaged in a mercantile busi- 
ness in Onondaga county. In 1864 he re- 
moved to Marathon, New York, and with 
four of his brothers entered the wholesale pro- 
duce business, under the name of William Hul- 
bert & Brothers, with headquarters in New 
York City. He and his brother Jerome had 
charge- of the purchasing at Marathon. The 
firm prospered and they became leaders in the 
butter and cheese business in New York City. 
They continued for thirty years, and each 
brother accumulated a fine fortune. After the 
death of Jerome, George Allen Hulbert dis- 
continued the produce business and resumed 

the practice of law, which he continued imtil 
his death. 

In politics he was a Democrat of the Stephen 
A. Douglas type, and throughout the civil war 
was a strong Unionist. Though he never 
sought office, he was found to be a safe and 
disinterested assistant in party councils and 
served for many years on town and county 
committees. He was at one time one of the 
supervisors of the town and was justice of 
the peace for twenty-three years. He was also 
notary public. During his term of office the 
honesty and justice of his decisions were never 
c|uestioned, and the dignity with which he 
presided over his court, and the order which 
he insisted upon in it, tended to raise the 
standard of the office in the county at large. 
He was a man of more than ordinary ability 
and of high attainments, honorable and straight- 
forward in all his dealings, of excellent busi- 
ness instincts, and possessed of the confidence 
of his fellow-citizens. He was keenly inter- 
ested in the improvement of the village of 
Marathon, and added much to its architectural 
beauty by the erection of several buildings, 
notably, in 1886, a three-story business block 
on Main street. The ground floor of this 
building is devoted to stores, the second to 
offices, and the third to a public hall, equipped 
with a stage and scenery. The use of this hall 
has been free for all public entertainments. In 
1898 he also erected one of die handsomest 
residences in the village. Besides these build- 
ings he has also improved other dwellings in 
the town. In religion he was a Methodist and 
an ardent worker in that church. 

He married Mary, daughter of Richard and 
Mary (Hinkley) Smith, born in Fabius, New 
York. Her father, Richard Smith, was from 
New Bedford, Massachusetts, and in his day 
was a well-known sea captain. He was born 
in Dublin, Ireland. Her mother, Mary (Hink- 
ley) Smith, was born in Barnstable, Cape Cod, 
Massachusetts. Mrs. Hulbert is one of the 
best musicians in Central New York, and was 
for several years organist of the Methodist 
church in Marathon. She has continued her 
husband's plans for improving the property 
and adding to the prosperity and appearance 
of the village. Mr. Hulbert died March 12, 

(The Roe Line). 

(Ill) Nathaniel (2) Roe, son of Nathaniel 
(i) Roe (q. v.), was born in 1700, and died in 
1789. He married Elizabeth Phillips, born 



1702, dic-d 1788. Children: I'hillijjs : James, 
inentioned Ijelow ; Xathaniel. William. Han- 
nah, Elizabeth, Sarah, Deborah. 

(I\') James, son of Xathaniel [2) Roe, was 
born in Kingston, New York, April 4, 1744. 
He was a soldier in the revolution. He mar- 
ried, October 19, 1770, Elizabeth Elting. Chil- 
dren : James, Elizabeth ; John Elting, men- 
tioned below ; Sylvester, Ann, William, Na- 
thaniel, Rachel ; Peter, grandfather of the 
author, E. I'. Roe. 

(V) John Elting, son of James Roe, was 
born in Kingston, in 1774. He married and 
among his children was Sylvester, mentioned 

(VI) Sylvester, son of John Elting Roe, 

was born in 180 1. He married , 

and among their children was Mary, born 
18^1, married lerome Hulbert (see Hulbert 

vfi). ■ 

Thomas Charnick Glover, of an 
GLO\'ER ancient English family, lived 
and died in Lancashire, Eng- 
land, leaving sons Thomas, mentioned below. 
and Charnick. 

{II) Thomas, son of Thomas Charnick 
Glover, was born in Lancashire. England, 
about 1760. He came to this country at the 
age of eighteen years with his brother Char- 
nick, and at the close of the revolutionary war 
settled in Schoharie county. New York, among 
the pioneers, and followed farming there dur- 
ing the remainder of his life. He had three 
sons, Henry, John and Jacob, and four daugh- 

(IV) Henry, grandson vi Thomas (dover, 
was born at .Sharon, Schoharie county. New 
York, September rg, 181 1, died at Troups- 
burg. New York, March 28, 1865. He married 
Eliza McDowell, born at (l)tego, Otsego county. 
New York. March i, 1814, died Eebruary 3, 
1887, at St. Paul. Minnesota. Children: i. 
Charles, born May 14. 1835 ; married Ruth 
Morey. 2. Jeanette, September i. 1836. died 
January 14. 1873; married William J. I.oucks. 
3. Margaret, February 18, 1838; married 
Alonzo H. Haxton. 4. Martha, November 23. 
1839; married William Chase. 5. Henry, April 
8, 1840, mentioned below. 6. Matilda, April 
22, 1843; married R. Mcl^lroy. 7. Lucy Ann. 
October 16, 1844; married Sanuiel Olmstead. 
8. George W.. December 13, 1845: married 
Harriet Tiffany. <>. William. Se])tember 23. 
1847, died .September 18, 1887; married Delia 

Holt, a widow. 10. Maryetta, November 4, 
183 1 ; married Lafayette Stowe; she died about 
one year after marriage. 

( \' ) Henry (2). son of Henry (I) Glover, 
was born at Skaneateles Junction, Onondaga 
county. New York. April 8. 1840. He re- 
ceived his education in the public schools. In 
his younger days he lived in Te.xas Valley, 
Cortland county. New York, and followed 
lumbering. For the past forty-four years, 
however, he has made his home in the town of 
Lisle, Broome county. New York, and has 
followed farming. He is a staunch Democrat 
and has served as deputy sheriff. He married 
Mary Loesa, born December 7, 1848. died 
April 17, 191 1, daughter of Joseph Sparrow, 
who came of a prominent Cape Cod. Massa- 
chusetts, family. Her mother was Azubah 
( Close ) Sparrow. Children : i. Clyde \'., born 
June II, 1878, died November 28, 1879. 2. 
F. Ray. born .November 8, 1880, engaged in 
the poultry business at Lisle, New York ; mar- 
ried Grace L. Glezen. 3. Harold Jay, men- 
tioned below. 

( \'l ) Harold Jay. son of Henry (2) Glover, 
was born in Lisle. liroome county. New York, 
March 29, 1883. He attended the public 
schools of his native town and graduated from 
the Lisle high school and from the Lowell 
Piusiness College, at Hinghamton, New York. 
He began the study of law in the office of 
.\ttorney Paige, of Lisle, and began his law 
course in the Law School of Syracuse L^niver- 
sity. f'ecause of his health he was compelled 
to give up his studies at the university, and. in 
February. 1906. he entered the office of Milo 
C. Paige. He was admitted to the bar in Oc- 
tober, 1903, and remained as law clerk in the 
office of Air. Paige for a short time. He came 
to Marathon, New York, in February, 1909, 
and opened an office. Since then he has been 
in general practice in that town, and he also 
has an insurance business in connection with 
his legal ])ractice. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat and he has been the nominee of his party 
for asseiubhnian in the district, which com- 
prises Piroome county. He is member of the 
State Par .\ssociation. 

"He beareth gules two chev- 
P.\R.SO.\'S rons ermine between three 

eagles displayed or: Piy the 
name of Parsons. Crest : An eagle's head 
erased at the thigh, standing on a leopard's 
head — guK's." .Such is the distinction which 

NEW Y( )RK. 


Charles I., in 1634, bestowed upon his faithful 
subject, Sir Thomas Parsons, hart., of Great 
Milton, or Great Torrington, the immediate 
ancestor of the founder of the family of tliat 
surname in America, and himself a descendant 
of an English family of great antiquity, dating 
to Walter Parsons, of Mulso, Ireland, 1290. 
and back of him in England to the time of the 
Conquest, for the Parsons of Ireland went 
there from h^ngland. 

Cornet Joseph Parsons, son of Sir Thomas 
Parsons, bart.. and said to have been an officer 
in the English army, sailed from Gravesend. 
England. July 4. 1635. in the barque "Trans- 
port." Edward Walker, master, for Boston, 
and next appears with William Pynchon"s col- 
ony of planters who founded a settlement at 
Agawam. now Springfield, Massachusetts, in 
the year 1636. On July 15, of the same year, 
his name a]i])ears as witness to a deed of 
cession from the Indians of the Connecticut 
valley to Pynchon"s company, conveying to 
them all the lands in the region of Springfield, 
for the "consideration of eighteen yards of 
wampum. 18 coats. 18 hatchets, 18 hoes and 
[8 knives": but the consideratidu was fair, 
for William was a just man and they who com- 
prised his comjiany of planters were all just 
and honorable men and none others were ad- 
mitted inhabitants of his plantation. Cornet 
Joseph Parsons was born in (jreat Torrington. 
near Exeter, Devonshire, England, and on his 
voyage to New England was accompanied b\' 
his brother llenjamin and others of the family, 
but it is with him and his descendants that we 
treat ])articularly in these annals. lie was a 
man of considerable imjKirtance in the planta- 
tion at /\gawam and Springfield, and. in 1642. 
he was one of the founders of the new planta- 
tion at Northam])tiin and cjue of the first pur- 
chasers of Indian lands there in i')43. He was 
a fur trader and had the sole right of barter 
and traffic in furs in the valley, fijr which 
right he paid annually the sum of twelve 
pounds. He accumulated a large estate in 
lands and goods. He died October g, 1683. 
1 le married, November 2(S, 1646. Mary, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Margaret ( Eord ) Pliss. of 
Hartford. Connecticut. Children: [oseph. lx>rn 
Novemljer. 1647: I'enjamin. 1649. tiled same 
year: John. August 14, 1650; Samuel, January 
-?!• 1653, settled in Durham. Connecticut: 
Ebenezer. May i, 1655, killed by Indians in 
King Philip's war, September 8, 1675 ; Jona- 
than, June 6, 1657 ; David, April 30. 1659, died 

yi.iung: Mary. June jj, 1661, accused with the 
heresy of witchcraft and tried before the court 
of assistants, Poston. May 13. 1692, and ac- 
c|uitted iif the charge: Hannah, .August I, 
iri()3 : Abigail, September 3, 1666. married John 
Cotton : Hester. December 24, 1672. 

( I ) Timothy Parsons, a descendant of Cor- 
net Josqjh Parsons, was born April 7, t8oi. 
died in the village of Maine, New York, April 
18. 1877. He came to the above-mentioned 
village in 1837. from Otsego county. New 
\"nrk. and lived there most of his life. He was 
a farmer and wagon maker by trade. He mar- 
ried. May 24. 1821. Deborah Knott, born May 
17. 1805. died March i. 1881. Children: 
Eunice Amanda, born May 16, 1822, died 
March 3, 1879: married Abe Curtiss ; Delos 
Timothy. Octtiber 5, 1823, died young: Will- 
iam Albert: .Sally, Eebruary 5. 1827. died Eeb- 
ruary 15. 191 1 : Henry, deceased: Walter, de- 
ceased: Maria, deceased: Melissa, married M. 
I). Newton, lives in Downey, California: Eva, 
October 24. 1847. married h'rank M, Perry, 
lives at Whitney's Point. New York. 

( 11 I William Albert, son of Timothy F'ar- 
sons. «as Ixirn in Butternuts, Otsego county. 
New York. May i. 1825. died July 12, 1905. 
He removed with his parents to the town of 
Maine. Broome county. New York, when 
twelve years of age. He received a common 
school education and became a farmer. He 
was actively engaged in farming for about 
forty years, but during the later years of his 
life was retired. He also had a sawmill. In 
politics he was at first a Republican, and later 
a strong Prohibitionist. In religion he was a 
F!a[)tist. as were all of his family. He mar- 
ried. January 2", 1848. Cynthia ]\Iaria. daugh- 
ter of Adin and Emily L. ( North) Ross, liorn 
in Candor. Tioga county. December 28. 1830. 
died March 30, 1904. Children: i. Clarence 
.A., born June 3. 1849: married, in 1872, .Ade- 
laide M. I'oole. of Oswego, New York : is a 
court stenographer in the I'nited States court, 
and lives at 413 West One Hundred and Fifty- 
fourth street. New York City : children : Harry 
K., deceased : Charles E., Grace Isabelle, Clar- 
ence A.. Eva Louise. Robert M.. Florence Ade- 
laide. 2. M. Eva. born June 22. 1853. "i teacher 
in Ilion. New York. 3. Minnie R.. born De- 
cember 3. 1861. died July 21,. 1891 : married 
Andrew J. Doughty. 4. Son. born May 15. 
1864. f1ied in infancy. 5. Bert Ross, men- 
tioned below. 

(Ill) Bert Ross, son of William Albert 



Parsons, was born in Carolina, Tompkins 
county. New York, August 2, 1872, and was 
educated in the schools of his native town, the 
Candor Free Academy, and the Waverly high 
school. After leaving school he was for sev- 
eral years a bookkeeper. In 1894-95 he began 
the study of medicine in the office of Dr. 
Gamble, of Waverly, and, in 1896, entered the 
Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 
from wdiich he graduated in 1899. He then re- 
turned to New York and passed a successful 
examination in the University of the State of 
New York. In August, 1899, he removed to 
Marathon, New York, and commenced the 
practice of his profession. He has made his 
liome there since. He has been coroner of 
Cortland for nine years. He is a member of 
the Cortland County and State Medical soci- 
eties. He is also a member of the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows ; the Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of Marathon, also of sev- 
eral college fraternities. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, and in religion a Methodist. He 
married, October 4, 1899, Rosabelle Springer, 
of Tioga county, daughter of George and Ruth 
Elizabeth (Stevens) Springer. Children: Harry 
D., born March 8, 1904; Russell G., Septem- 
ber 25, 1907. 

John Fish, immigrant ancestor, is 
FISH believed to have come to this country 

as early as 1637, and to have settled 
first in Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1655 he was 
located in New London, Connecticut, and be- 
tween the above-mentioned dates, lived prob- 
ably in Stratford, Connecticut. He had a home 
lot and about six acres of land there, which he 
sold, September 29, 1655, to John Willcockson. 
The location of this lot is shown on a map 
drawn by Rev. Benjamin L. .Swan, and print- 
ed in tlie "Hawley Recor<l," page 432, where 
it is marked as belonging to John Willcockson. 
The same year, he removed to New London, 
and remained there for a short time. In 1668 
he had lived in Stonington, Connecticut, long 
enough to become an inhabitant of that town. 
This required a two years' residence. At that 
time he was one of the forty-three inhabitants 
to whom a house lot was granted. His allot- 
ment was No. 5, and was retained by him 
during his life. August 6, 1674, he was act- 
ing town clerk at a town meeting. In 1675 he 
was one of three hundred volunteers from 
Connecticut, in King Philip's war, and, in 
1700, received for his services a grant of land 

in the town of Voluntown, which had been set 
aside for the Indian war volunteers. As he 
had then been dead for a number of years, the 
grant came into the possession of his son Sam- 
uel, who in his will divided it between his own 
sons, Moses and Aaron. It is still owned by 
their descendants. 

August 22, 1679, John Fish was chosen and 
unanimously voted school-master for the town 
of Stonington, to instruct children in reading, 
writing, arithmetic and grammar. December 
5, 1680, he was admitted a member of the Con- 
gregational church of Stonington. He was a 
land surveyor and laid out many of the public 
grants of Stonington. In this work his brother- 
in-law, Gershom Palmer, was associated with 
him during the years 1680-81. By grant and 
purchase, he became proprietor of consider- 
able tracts of land in Groton and Stonington 
and other neighboring towns. He married 
(first) Eland, who' belonged to an an- 
cient and honorable family of Yorkshire, Eng- 
land. August 25, 1681, he married Widow- 
Hannah (Palmer) (Hewitt) Sterry. She was 
a daughter of Walter and Rebecca (Short) 
Palmer, and married, April 26, 1659, Captain 
Thomas Hewitt, who was a sea-faring man. 
and never returned from one of his voyages. 
In 1670 she petitioned the general court for 
permission to marry again, and, on December 
2"], 1 67 1, married (second) Roger Sterry. The 
latter died before 1680, and she married 
(third), as above stated, John Fish. Children 
of John Fish, all by first wife: John; Jona- 
than ; Samuel, bom 1656, mentionetl below : 
Mary. The records of the Congregational 
church at Stonington ^how the baptisms of 
Samuel, Mary and John, March 13, 1680, all 
of whom were adults at that time. 

(II) Samuel, son of John Fish, was born in 
1656, accortling to his gravestone record, it is 
supposed in New London, and died February 
27. 1733- He was a soldier in King Philip's 
war, and received, in 1700, as a return for his 
military service, a grant of land in Voluntown. 
This grant he afterwards bequeathed to his 

son Samuel. He married (first) Sarah , 

who died December 11, 1722, aged sixty-two 
years. He married (second) Widow Dorothy 
(Wheeler) Smith. Both he and his first wife 
arc buried in the old Packer burying-ground in 
Groton, Connecticut. Children: Samuel, bap- 
tized April 18, 1695, mentioned below; Mary, 
baptized April 18, 1695 ; David, baptized April 
18, 1695, married, March 30, 1721, Grace Pal- 

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nier; Margaret, baptized April i8, 1695, mar- 
ried Gideon Cobb : John, baptized November 
8, 1696, married, July 19, 1726, Esther John- 
son, died July 4, 1782. 

(III) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Fish, 
was baptized April 18, 1695, died January 20, 

1724. He married Sarah . Children: 

Captain John, born about 1712; Captain Dan- 
iel, 1714; Sarah, married Morse: Eliz- 
abeth, married Rose ; Samuel, mention- 
ed below ; Jane, married Rev. Timothy Wight- 

(IV) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Fish, 
was born about 1720, at Stonington. The rec- 
ords of his family are not available, but it is 
thought that he was the father of Elias, men- 
tioned below. In 1790, according to the first 
federal census, there were ten families of Fish 
in New London county. Aaron and Sprague 
Fish were neighbors : Samuel, John and John 
Jr. lived in the same vicinity, and Nathan and 
Sands. The size of the families and ages of 
children indicate that Nathan, Ambrose and 
Aaron were probably a generation older than 
the others. John, John Jr., Samuel, Ebenezer, 
Sands, Sprague and Elias had no sons over 
sixteen years in their families. Elias is men- 
tioned below. 

(V) Elias, son or nephew of Samuel (3) 
Fish, born 1760-65, had one son under sixteen 
and two females in his family, in 1790. The 
names next his on the census, which was evi- 
dently taken according to residence, were those 
of Joseph Holley and Increase Stoddard. He 
was a sea-faring man, and followed the sea for 
many years, also working at the trade of ship- 
carpenter. In later life he settled in Otsego 
county, New York, where, after farming some 
years, he died. Children : Samuel, Gurdon, 
Jerry, Eldridge ; Laura, born 1803, married 
Dr. Gerrit P. Judd, son of Dr. Elnathan Judd, 
of Paris, New York, and they lived, for many 
years, as missionaries in Honolulu, Hawaiian 
Islands: Sybil, married James Tracy. 

(VI) Eldridge, son of Elias Fish, was born 
November 22, 1798; died October 10, 1865, in 
Cortland county, New York. He lived at 
Schuyler Lake, Otsego county. New York, and 
at Solon. He was a lay preacher, or exhorter, 
in the Methodist Episcopal church, an earnest 
Abolitionist, and a man of strong convictions 
and strict piety. He followed farming for a 
vocation. He married, August 27, 1821, Bet- 
sey Taft, born at Schuyler Lake, August 11, 
1800, died May, 1871, daughter of Daniel 

Taft, a descendant of Robert Taft, of Mendon, 
Worcester county, Massachusetts, from whom 
President Taft also descends. Children: i. 
Prosper W., born July 26, 1822, died in Cali- 
fornia, August 16, 1901. 2. Eunice, born Sep- 
tember 8, 1824, died October, 1861. 3. Laura, 
born September 9, 1826, died May, 1898. 4. 

Bessie, born 183 1 ; married Barnett. 5. 

Edwin R., born March 4, 1835, died in the 
service in the civil war, November 3, 1863. 6. 
Susan A., born July 9, 1838. died January 8, 
1S99. 7. James Elias, mentioned below. 

(\TI) Rev. James Elias Fish, son of Eld- 
ridge Fish, was born in Solon, Cortland county. 
New York, August 28, 1842. He attended the 
[Hiblic schools at Solon and McGrav\'ville, and 
then studied for the ministry. From 1888 to 
1896 he was engaged in evangelistic work, and, 
in the meantime, studied, in order to prepare 
for the ministry, and, in 1897, was ordained in 
the Congregational church, at Lester, Broome 
county. New York. He was pastor of the Con- 
gregational church, at Lester, until October 21, 
1901, and since then he has supplied churches 
at Lapeer, Cincinnatus, Whitney's P'oint and 
Cortland. New York. He was one of the first 
to volunteer in response to the call of Presi- 
dent Lincoln, at the beginning of the civil war, 
and, September 9, 1861, he was mustered into 
the service, in Company A, Tenth New York 
Cavalry. His regiment was attached to the 
Army of the Potomac, and he took part in the 
battles of Fredericksburg, Brandy Station, Mid- 
dleburg. Gettysburg, and others of importance. 
He was discharged for disability, in October, 


Air. Pish studied medicine for two years 
and a half, when a young man, and afterward 
he continued his experiments, until he perfect- 
ed the formula, which, for the past thirty 
years, he has had on the market under the 
trade name of Wormwood Ointment. The 
business of manufacturing the proprietary 
article has become one of the leading industries 
of the town of Marathon, and the product has 
a large sale in all parts of the country, and 
testimonials of its worth have been received 
from many diliferent states. Mr. Fish is a 
member of Hiram Clark Post, No. 154, Grand 
Army of the Republic, of Marathon. In poli- 
tics he is an independent. 

He married (first), February 3, 1864, Alice 
E. May, born August 2. 1845, fl'^"^' February 
2, 1886, daughter of Joseph and Catherine 
(Rose) May. He married (second), March 



27. 1888, Mattie L. Pierce, of Hamilton, Madi- 
son county. New York, daughter of William 
and Charlotte ( Waj- ) Pierce, of Otselic Cen- 
ter, Chenango county. Children of first wife: 
I. Edwin, born February 10, 1865, resides in 
Ijuffalo; married limma Kern, and has two 
children — Alice and Alva. 2. Frederick U.. 
born P'ebruary 21, 1867, an artist, lives at 
Canastota. New York; married Lizzie Harri- 
son, daughter of Rev. George Harrison, and 
has one child — Earl. 3. X'innie, born May 4, 
1876; married Charles Morgan, of Toledo, 
Ohio, son of (ieneral Morgan: child — Charles 
Morgan. 4. P.essie, born .\ugust 28, 1882: 
married Arthur Stolberg : no children. 

The name Bouton is of French 
BOUTON origin, and from 1350, for two 

centuries, the court records of 
France abound with the name. Nicholas Bou- 
ton, who bore the title of Coimt Chanilly, 
Baron Montague de Naton. was born about 
1580, and was the father of Harard and John, 
twins, and Noel, all of whom were Huguenots 
and refugees during the persecutions of the 
Protestants by the Catholics. Noel afterwards 
returned to France, where he distinguished 
himself, and was subsequently made Marshal 
of all I'Vance. 

(I) Tohn Bouton, immigrant ancestor, sail- 
ed from Gravesend, England, July, 1635, and 
landed in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 
of that year. He was then aged twenty. He 
lived first in Boston, then in Watertown, and 
early in the settlement of Hartford, Coimecti- 
cut, removed there. In 1651 he removed again 
to Norwalk, Connecticut, where he became an 
influential citizen. In 1671, and for several 
years after, he was a representative in the 
general court of Connecticut, and held other 

offices in Norwalk. He married Alice , 

who survived him, and married (second) Mat- 
thew Marvin, as his second wife. Her will 
was dated December i, 1680, and mentioned 
her son, John Bouton ; daughters, Bridget Kel- 
logg, Abigail Bouton. Rachel .Smith, and grand- 
children, Ruth and Rachel Piouton, and Sarah 
Brinsmcad. Among their children were : John, 
mentioned below; Richard, born about if'3(), 
died in Norwalk, June 27, 1665, married Ruth 

; liridgct, born about 1642, marrieil, in 

1660, Daniel Kellogg, lived in Stockbridge. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) ISouton, 
married (first) .Abigail, daughter of Mattliew 

Marvin, by a first wife. She was born at 
Hartford, about 1640, and was living in 1680, 
when she was mentioned in the will of her step- 
mother, .Alice Marvin, formerly wife of John 
I'outon ( I ). Hemarried ( second) MarySteven- 
son. He lived in Norwalk. His will was dated 
December 25, ijof), and he died between that 
date and February 18, 1706-07. In his will he 
mentioned wife Mary, sons John, Matthew, 
Joseph, Thomas, Richard and daughters Rachel, 
.\bigail, Mary and Elizabeth. Children, born in 
Norwalk: John, September 30, 1659, mention- 
ed below ; Matthew, December 24. 1661 : Rachel. 
December 16, 1667; Abigail, April 1. 1670; 
Mary, May 26, 1671 : Joseph, about 1674: 
Thomas, about 1676: Elizabeth, 1679: Rich- 
ard, 1680. 

(Ill) John (3), son of John (2) Bouton, 
was born in Norwalk, September 30, 1659, 
died before January 2, 1704-05. His estate 
was divided November 21, 1705. among "six 
children living." The si.xth was probably Dan- 
iel. Matthew, his brother, and John, his son. 
were administrators. He settled in Norwalk, 
where he c)wned land jointly with his brother 
Matthew, which he sold, January 25, 1693. 
The town records of Danbury show that he 
owned land there, and those of New Canaan 
that he was among the constituents of the 

Society of that place. He married 

Children : John, over twenty-one at 

time of inventory, married Sarah, daughter of 
Jakin Gregory, mentioned in his grandfather's 
will: Abigail, born 1689: Mary, 1692; Na- 
thaniel, 1695: Eleazer, 1701-02; Daniel, 1705. 

(IV) Nathaniel, son of John (3) Bouton, 
was born in Norwalk, J695. He was one of 
the constituents of New Canaan. In his will, 
dated 1775, he makes no mention of his son 
John and daughter Rebecca, who probably died 
before that date. He married (first) Hannah 

; (second) Mary . Children, 

born in New Canaan : Flannah, November 24. 
1721: .Abigail, February 28. 1723; Nathaniel, 
September 6, 1726; Samuel, April 11, 1730; 
Jehiel, February 17, 1732: Mary, November 
II. 1734: John, July 23, 1737; Daniel, October 
24, 1740: Rebecca, 1742. 

(\') Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (1) 
P.outon. was born in New Canaan, September 
6, 1726. He married (first), April 13, 1755, 
Lydia Penoyer, born .April 15, 1724. He mar- 
ried (second) Rachel Kellogg, of Norwalk. 
Children of first wife: Nathaniel, baptized 
.September 7, 1756: James, bajitizcd December 





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4, 1757; Lydia. baptized May, 1761, married 
Elnathan Weed (see Weed V) ; Mary, bap- 
tized October 2, 1763. Children of second 
wife: Enos, born February 2-j , 1770; Nathan- 
iel, born Poundridge, New York, 1778; James, 
born Poundridge, married Abby Baker ; Eli- 
asaph, born Poundridge, married Polly Slau- 
son ; Daughter, married Samuel Young ; Eliza, 
born Poundridge ; Rachel, born ]\)undridge, 
married Simeon Luce. 

(TIk- Weed Line). 

(I) Jonas Weed, immigrant ancestor, came 
from England in the company of Sir Richard 
Saltonstall, in 1630, and settled first at Water- 
town, Massachusetts. He was admitted a free- 
man. May 18, 1631, and was dismissed from 
the church at Watertown to that at Wethers- 
field, Connecticut. March 24. 1636. He set- 
tled about 1642, in Stamford, Connecticut. His 
will was dated November 16, 1672, and his 
inventory was dated June, 1676. He bequeath- 
ed to his children : John, Daniel, Jonas, Sam- 
uel and four daughters. Children : John, mar- 
ried Joanna Westcoat. and Hved in Stam- 
ford : Daniel, mentioned below ; Jonas, mar- 
ried r)ethia Hawley ; Samuel ; Mary, married 
Ceorge Abbott; Dorcas, married James 
Wright; Hannah, married Benjamin Hovt ; 

(H) Daniel, son of Jonas Weed, was born 
about 1650, probably at Stamford. He lived 
in Stamford and in the adjacent town of Rye, 
Westchester county, New York, where, before 
his death, according to probate records, he had 
been living for twenty years. He died No- 
vember 29, 1697, and the probate records give 
the ages of the children in 1698, from which 
their dates of birth are computed, viz : Sarah, 
born November 18, 1675; Abraham, August 
18, 1680; Daniel, mentioned below: Ebenezer, 
October 22, 1692 ; Nathaniel, October 22, 1696. 
(HI) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (i) Weed, 
was born March 19, 1685, according to the 
probate records, which state that he was thir- 
teen years old, March 19. i6g8. He married 

Elizabeth . Children, born in Stamford: 

Ekiniel. November 12, 1709; Elizabeth, Febru- 
ary 16, 1711-12; Hezekiah, September, 171 5; 
Reuben, mentioned below ; Deborah, May 2, 
1724; Nehemiah. 

(IV) Reuben, .son of Daniel (2) Weed, 
was born at Stamford, October, 1717. He 
married there, June 28, 1738, Lydia Hawley. 
Qiildren, born at Stamford: Reuben, Febru- 

ary 3, 1740; Abigail, December 3, 1741 ; John, 
March 21, 1742-43; Eliphalet, April 28, 1745; 
Lydia, December 31, 1749; Sarah, February 
23- 1755 : Elnathan, mentioned below. 

( \' ) Elnathan, son of Reuben Weed, was 
born at Stamford, Connecticut, April 14, 1758, 
died April 11, 1844. He removed to Pound- 
ridge, Westchester county. New York, and 
served in the American army in the revolu- 
tionary war. He married Lydia Bouton, of 
Poundridge (see Bouton V). She was bom 
March 26, 1761. Children: Jared, born April 
8, 1783; Stephen, mentioned below; Betsey, 
April 30, 1788; Sally Hoyt, October 12, 1790; 
Elnathan, November 11, 1792; Abigail, Octo- 
ber 30, 1796; Samuel, December 14, 1799; 
Mary Anna, January 12, 1801 ; Louisa, March 
7, 1803; Joseph W., July 19, 1806. 

(VI) Stephen, son of Elnathan Weed, was 
born September 8, 1785, died August 9, 1859. 
He married, about 1805, Julia Waring. Chil- 
dren : Diantha, married William Doubleday: 
Julia .\nn, married Charles VV. Sanford; Har- 
riet, married \Villiam Boyd ; Betsey, mention- 
ed below ; Waring, married Mary Ayers ; Alex- 
anler, married Jennie Cowan ; Mary Louisa. 

(VII) Betsey, daughter of Stephen Weed, 
was born March 3, 1813. She married, Febru- 
ary 3, 1840, Rev. Samuel Webster Bush, who 
was born in 1806, in Fairfax county, Virginia, 
and was brought up in Albany, New York, in 
the Webster family, and was educated there 
in the public schools. He studied law and 
after he was admitted to the bar, practiced 
for a few years. He decided, however, to 
enter the ministry and took up the study of 
theology at the Auburn Theological Seminary. 
Flis finst pastorate was at Binghamton, New 
York, in charge of the Congregational church. 
Subsequently he was pastor at Skaneateles, 
New York, where he was located for seven 
years ; at Norwich, New York, where he 
preached three years ; at Cooperstown, New 
York, eight years. Afterwards he returned 
to Binghamton, and during the last years of 
his life was chaplain of the Inebriate Asylum 
there. He died at Binghamton, March 20, 
1877. Of great scholarly and literary attain- 
ments, Mr. Bush had a most winning person- 
ality and devout pious character, and was 
greatly beloved by his parishioners. 

Children: Julia Charlotte Bush, born April 

13, 1842, now residing in Binghamton; Mary 
Louisa Bush, born January 18,1844, flied July 

14. 1881 ; Frances Bush, born May 30, 1850, 



resides in Binghamton ; Arthur Sanford Web- 
ster Bush, born April 29, 1859, resides in 

The Hilton family is of old Eng- 
HILTON lish origin. The first of the 

name in this country were two 
brothers, William, mentioned below, and Ed- 
ward, who came over from London with Mr. 
David Thompson, in 1623, to begin a planta- 
tion at Piscataqua. The place of settlement 
was at Dover Neck, seven miles from Ports- 
mouth, in the limits of New Hampshire. They 
were all fishmongers by trade, and were sent 
over not only to fish, but also to plant vine- 
yards, discover mines, etc. Exhaustive search 
of the records of the Fishmongers' Company, 
of London, by Charles H. Pope, in 1907, failed 
to reveal the names of the three men, but a tax 
roll of London, made in 1641, brought to light 
by Mr. Gerald Fothergill (see "New Eng. 
Reg.," Ixi), gives the name of Edward Hilton 
in the list of fishmongers, with the memo- 
randum "Newe England" after it. This indi- 
cates that Edward had certainly been in busi- 
ness in London and had continued the sale and 
shipment of fish to a recent date. No trace 
of his native parish or his ancestry have been 
found. He was the leader of the little planta- 
tion, and received the patent for the land — the 
Squamscott Patent — as it was called, includ- 
ing what is now known as Dover, Durham, 
Stratham, and parts of Newington and Cjreen- 
land, etc. The council for New England "for 
and in consideration that Edward Hilton and 
his Associates hath already sundry servants 
to plant in New England at a point called by 
the natives Wecanacohunt otherwise Hilton's 
Point, lying some two leagues from the mouth 
of the river Piscatacjuack * * where they have 
already built some houses and planted cornc. 
And for that he doth fiu-ther intend by Divine 
Assistance to transport thither more people 
and cattle * * * a work which may especially 
tend to the propagation of Religion and to the 
great Increase of Trade * * convey to him 
all that part of the River Pascataquack call- 
ed or known by the name of Wecanacohunt or 
Hilton's Point * * with the south side of 
the River and three miles into the Maine land 
by all the breadth aforesaid," etc. Possession 
was given in the name of the Council by Cap- 
tain Thomas Wiggin and others, July 7, 163 1. 
(Suj). Court files, New Eng. Reg., xxiv., 264). 
Part of this land was sold to individual set- 

tlers, part to the Lords Say and Brook and 
some to New England gentlemen. Edward 
Hilton settled in Exeter, after some time, and 
signed the petition of its inhabitants in the 
year 1642. That same year, he was appointed 
by the Massachusetts Bay Government one of 
the local justices of the court, sitting with the 
magistrates on the highest questions and act- 
ing by themselves in cases not beyond certain 
limits. On account of this office, the general 
court held him to be exempt from taxation, in 
1669. He filled other important offices and 
was highly honored in the colonies. In 1653, 
he had a grant of lanH com]:)rising the whole 
village of Newfields, wdiich was made to him 
in return for his setting up a sawmill, and a 
considerable part of this later grant has re- 
mained to this day in the possession of his 
descendants. He was selectman of Exeter 
from 1645 nearly every year up to 1652. In 
1657, he was one of the committee of two 
from that town to meet the committee from 
Dover to settle the bounds between the two 
towns. He has been called "The Father of 
New Hampshire." He died early in 1671. 
The name of his first wife is unknown. He 
married (second) Jane, daughter of Hon. Alex- 
ander Shepley. 

A possible clue to the ancestry of Hilton is 
found m the record of a suit brought in the 
Piscata(|ua court by William Hilton, April 4, 
1642, respecting a payment to "Mr. Richard 
Hilton of Norwich ( Northwich)." Mr. H. F. 
Waters found a record at Wotten-undcr-edge. 
Gloucestershire, England, of the baptism of a 
child of Richard Hilton, "coming out of New 

(I) William Hilton, immigrant ancestor, of 
this branch, and brother of Edward, came from 
London to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the 
"Fortune," November 11, 1621. Soon after 
his arrival, he wrote a letter of great historical 
and personal interest, published by Captain 
John Smith in his "New England Trialls," in 
the edition of 1622. His wife and two children 
followed him in the "Anne," July or August, 
1623, but their names are not known. In the 
allotment of land, 1623, he received one acre, 
and his wife and children three acres. He 
was in Plymouth in 1624, but as his name does 
not appear in the list of those present at the 
division in 1627, it is probable that he had re- 
moved before that date, to the settlements on 
the Piscataqua. July 7, 1631, he was one of 
the witnesses to the livery of seizin to his 

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brother Edward, of the lands embraced in the 
Squamscott of Hilton's Patent, dated March 
12, 1629-30. December 4, 1639, he was grant- 
ed land on the other side of the river, and, 
February 3, 1640, it was agreed at Exeter, that 
"Mr. William Hilton is to enjoy those marshes 
in Oyster River which formerly he had pos- 
session of and still are in his possession." He 
was made freeman, Alay 19, 1642, antl that 
same year, had a grant of land of twenty acres, 
at Dover. In 1644, he was deputy to the gen- 
eral court at Boston from Dover. About this 
time, he removed to Kittery Point, Maine. At 
a court held at Gorgeana, June 27, 1648, he 
was licensed to keep the ordinary at the mouth 
of the F'iscataqua, and also to run a ferry. He 
removed to York, alj<jut 165 1, and, November 
22, 1652, when the Massachusetts Commission- 
ers arrived there to receive the submission of 
the inhabitants he was one of the fifty persons 
who acknowledged themselves subject to the 
government of Massachusetts Bay and took 
the oath of freemen. At a town meeting, held 
at York, December 8, 1652, it was ordered that 
he should have the use of the ferry for twenty- 
one years. He was selectman. 1652-53-54, and 
had grants of land from the town, July 4, 1653, 
and June 4, 1654. His first wife was Anne 

, who came over in 1623. It is supposed 

that he had a second wife, Frances, who, after 
his death, married Richard White. He died 
1655 or 1656, and letters of administration 
were granted June 30, 1656, to Richard White. 
His children were: William, mentioned below, 
and periiaps others. 

(II) William (2), son of William (i) Hil- 
ton, lived in York. He had a grant of land 
from the town, August 25, 1679, and others, at 
later dates. He married Ann, whose maiden 
name may have been Beale. He died between 
March, 1699, and June, 1700. His wife sur- 
vived him. Children : William, mentioned 
l)elow ; Hannah, married (first), about 1708, 
John Cole, (second) Mark Shepard ; Ben- 
jamin : Dorcas, married Samuel Moor ; prob- 
ably others. 

(III) William (3), son of William (2) 
Hilton, was born about 1679, i" Dover, New 
Hampshire, or York, Maine. He received sev- 
eral grants of land in York, in 1702-03, and, in 
171 1, was still a resident of that town, styling 
himself fisherman. He bought land in Man- 
chester, Massachusetts, November 22, 1709, 
and had a dwelling-house in that part called 
Black Cove. He bought other land adjoin- 

ing. September 30, 17 14, and is then called 
of Manchester, fisherman and coaster. He 
hatl also a dwelling-house at Muscongus and 
bought land there, February i, 1719-20. He 
appears to have been extensively engaged 
in the fisheries and coasting trade of the latter 
town, made great improvements and owned a 
large stock of cattle there. December i, 1715, 
he was made one of a committee to procure a 
minister for Manchester, and, March 12, 1715- 
16, was one of the selectmen. He was also 
one of the tythingmen in 17 17, and, in 1718, 
one of the "Chow erds and feld Driveers." 
He married, June 2, 1699, Margaret Stilson, 
daughter of James and Margaret (Gould) 
Stilson, born in 1679, died in Manchester, No- 
vember, 1763. She married, December 8, 
1727, John Allen, who died about 1737. Her 
mother was Margaret Gould, daughter of Alex- 
ander and Margaret (Brown) Gould, born in 
New Harbor, now Bristol, Maine, about 1659. 
Her grandmother, Margaret Brown was the 
daughter of John and Margaret (daughter of 
Frances Hayward) Brown. John Brown was 
the son of Richard Brown, of Barton Regis, 
Gloucester, England, and settled in Pemaquid, 
at the head of New Harbor, now Bristol, 

About 1686, 1687 or 1688, Margaret Stilson 
was captured by the Indians, together with her 
mother and brother James, and carried to Can- 
ada. At the same time, her father, James Stil- 
son, was fired upon and killed when crossing 
the water at Muscongus in a canoe, and the 
youngest child, a baby in arms, was burned to 
death. The mother, after remaining in cap- 
tivity for several years, was released, and mar- 
ried in Marblehead. March 30, 1696, Thomas 
Pitman, and died January, 1750. The two 
children remained in Canada several years 
longer, but were finally ransomed. James re- 
moved to Newcastle and Portsmouth, New 

William Hilton died in Manchester, June 
21. 1723, and was buried in the old burying- 
ground there. The inscription on his grave- 
stone called him lieutenant. Children : Eliza- 
beth, baptized in Marblehead, December 8, 
1700: Stilson; Mary, baptized in Marblehead, 
April 16, 1704; Margaret, baptized in Marble- 
head, May 26, 1706: Joshua, baptized in Mar- 
blehead, March 14, 1707-08; William, men- 
tioned below ; Samuel, born in Manchester, 
May 16, 1713; Thomas, baptized in Marble- 
head, August 14, 1715; Benjamin, born in 

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Manchester, August 27, 1717; Amos, baptized 
in Marblehead, March 12, 1720-21. 

(IV) W'iUiam (4), son of William (3) Hil- 
ton, was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, 
and married there, December i, 1731, Alary 
Lee. He is supposed to have lived on his 
father's homestead, at Muscongus, and to have 
carried on farming at Broad Cove, the com- 
munication between the two places being by 
water. In the summer of 1758, he and his 
three sons, William, Richard and John, had 
just landed at the latter place, and were on 
their way to the farm, when they were fired 
upon by Indians in ambush. William was shot 
flead, and the father was badly wounded in the 
knee by an Indian who had rushed forward 
and seized William's loaded gun as the latter 
fell. Richard discharged his gun at one of 
the Indians and wounded him in one knee, so 
that he was a cripple for life. Many years 
afterwards, the same Indian, then very old 
and lame, visited the place, and affirmed that 
his lameness was occasioned by a shot from 
a white man, at the very spot where this fight 
occurred. The two sons, with their father, 
made their way back to Muscongus, where the 
latter died from the wound shortly after. The 
body of William was buried on the bank where 
he was killed, but was many years later, taken 
up and reinterred in the same coffin with the 
body of his brother Richard. Children, born 
in Manchester: Mary, .August 26, 1732; Will- 
iam, December 29, 1734; James, June 27, 1737, 
mentioned below; Richard, September i, (?) 
1739; Anna, December 12, 1741. Children 
born after the parents left Manchester: John, 
whose only daughter married Thomas Hilton ; 
Ebenezer, died at the age of four; Ruth, mar- 
ried (finst) Enoch Avery, (second) Samuel 
Waters, Esq. ; Elizabeth, baptized in Manches- 
ter, August 12, 1750; Joseph, settled in New 
Milford; Mathias, died young. 

(V) James, son of William (4) Hilton, was 
born at Manchester, Massachusetts, June 27, 
1737, and was bajitized July 10 following. He 
removed with the family, about 1742, to Bristol, 

Maine. He married Sarah . He died 

at Bristf)l and his will was dated July 2, 1799, 
and the inventory was dated September 2 fol- 
lowing. The will be(|ucathed to children — 
William, Mary Merritt, Jane, James, John, 
Margaret, Sarah, Susan, IClizabeth, Nancy, 
Joshua and Joseph. In 1798 William, Joshua 
and John, of this family, were taxed in Bristol, 
in the United .States direct tax. Children, born 

at Bremen (Bristol): William, born July 4, 
1760; Mary, May 4, 1762; Jane, August 16, 
1764; James, December 16, 1766; John, men- 
tioned below ; Joshua, in Bristol, July 10, 1770, 
resided in Bremen; Joseph, July 18, 1772; 
Samuel, November 6, 1775; Margaret, March 

14. 1777- 

(V'l) John, son of James Hilton, was born 
at P)ristol, Maine, March 10, 1768, and died 
at Bremen, May 9, 1833; married Sally Blunt, 
who was born at Bristol, April 6, 1767, and 
died at Bremen, February 16, 1841, daughter 
of Ebenezer and Catherine Blunt. He resided 
at I'remen, and, in 1790, had, according to the 
first federal census, three females inhisfamih'. 

Children: I. James Poor, mentioned below. 
2. Catherine Blunt, born .\ugust 5, 1795, ilied 
December 20, 1823, at Bremen; married, in 
1817, John Hilton (7), son of John (6) and 
Jane Hilton ; after her death he went west. 3. 
Ebenezer Blunt, born June 27, 1797; married, 
in 1825, h'liza Hilton (7) ; died in Minnesota, 
in 1879-80; she was (laughter of Jacob and 
.Sally (.Xverill) Hilton; removed to Minne- 
sota in 1856. 4. Hannah, born December 2, 
1798, died at Des Moines, Iowa, .April 24. 
1841 ; married, .second wife, John Hornby, of 
Bremen, and removed to Iowa in 1839. 5. 
Harriet, born April 29, 1800, died at Jefferson, 
Maine, T852; married (first). May 11, 1820, 
James Hilton (6), son of John and Jane (Hil- 
ton) Hilton ; married (second) Roeuel Peaslee 
(7). 7. Eliza Blunt, born May 22. 1803. 
died March 2, 1877, at Alna. Maine; married, 
second wife. Warren, .\verill, of .Alna. 8. 
John, born May 9. 1805, died June 18, 1807. 

9. John Thurston, born June 24, 1807, died 
February 7, 1873, at Bremen, Maine; married 
(first), June 24, 1832, Abigail Glidden, who 
died .\pril. 1850, (second) Julia A. Weymouth. 

10. Jane Yates, or Yeats, born .August 4, 1813, 
or 1819, died May 31, 1853; married Samuel 
F. Huzzey ; resided at Bremen, Maine. 

(VII) James Poor, eldest child of John 
Hilton, was born in Bremen, Maine, January 
8, 1794, and died there, in 1884. He was a 
farmer and spent his life in his native town. 
He was postmaster of the town in 1849, and 
represented his district in the legislature. In 
j)olitics he was a Republican in later years. 
He married Mary .\verill Hilton, born at .Mna, 
Maine, November 6, 1795, died at Iiremen, 
November 7, 1868, daughter of Jacob and 
.Sally Hilton. Her father was born at Alna, 
h'ebruary 21. 1767, died there, February 8, 



1847; her niotlu-r, Sally Averill, was born 
June 22, 1777, died l^eceniber 14, 1859; they 
had eleven children. Samuel Hilton, father of 
Jacob, was born October 7, 1741, died at Alna. 
August 21), i8oy: married Judith Carter, who 
died February 14, 1800: they had eleven chil- 

Children of James Poor Hilton, born and 
recorded at Bremen: Caroline H., June 16, 
1818; Edwin Averill, September 7, 1820; 
Francis T., March 5, 1823. died in 1824: Mary 
C, September 6, 1823: John V.. January 4, 
1828, mentioned below; James 11., .Xjiril 8. 
1830: Sarah E., June 2, 1832: Herman .S., 
August 23, 1834, died November 10, 1852; 
Jacob Emery, Decemlier 11, 1838. died Janu- 
ary 3, 1863. 

(\'ni) John F., son of James Tcmr lliltim, 
was born at Bremen, Maine, Jaimary 24, 1828, 
died at Damariscotta, Maine, March 7, 1882. 
He was educated in the public schools of 
Damariscotta and spent his active years in 
that town, a ship-joiner by trade, emiiloyed in 
the ship-yards there. In politics he was a Re- 
publican and for fourteen years he served on 
the board of selectmen of that town. He mar- 
ried (first) Laura A. Plummer, of Bristol, 
Maine. He married (second) Lizzie A. Weeks, 
of Jefferson, Maine. Child of first wife: 1. 
Frank L., mentioned below. Child of second 
wife: 2. Mary, deceased. 

(IX) hVank L., son of John F. Hilton, was 
born in Damariscotta, Alaine, .Vugust 12, 1857. 
He attended the iniblic schools of his native 
town and the Lincoln Academy, at New Castle, 
Maine. He learned the carpenter's trade, and 
followed it until twenty-one years old in his 
native town, .\fter two years spent in a sea 
voyage, he came to Truxton, New York, in 
1880, and has made his home there since then. 
For three years he was in the mercantile busi- 
ness, and, in 1883, he engaged in the wholesale 
produce business in Truxton, in partnershij) 
with Otis D. Patrick, under the firm name of 
Hilton & Patrick. The firm has continued 
with notable success to the present time. He 
is also one of the owners of the Bryant Furni- 
ture Comjjany, manufacturing furniture at 
Truxton. In politics he is a Republican and 
he has been town clerk of Truxton. In IQ02 
he was appointed postmaster and has continued 
in that ofifice to the jiresent time. He is a mem- 
ber of De Ruyter Lodge, Free Masons, of 
De Ruyter, New York ; the Cortland Chapter, 
Royal Arch Masons, of Cortland, and the 

Cortland Commandery, Knights Templar, of 
Cortland: of Katurah Temple, Mystic Shrine, 
of Binghamtou, New York ; of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, of Cortland. 

He married, in 1882, Josephine Hall, of 
Truxton, New York, born 1864, died January 
20, 1910, daughter of Henry and Mary (Rob- 
ertson) Hall. Air. and Mrs. Hilton had no 

Dr. Japeth or Japhet Hunt, was 
11 1 'XT born in 171 1, and settled early in 

.Xobletown, Columbia county. New 
^'ork, near S])cncertown and Hillsdale and 
what is now .\usterlitz. New York. Near him 
settled a brother, John Hunt. Neither can be 
traced to any of the other Hunt families in 
the colonies, and it is likely that they were 
immigrants, though jjossibly of the Westches- 
ter county famil}-. John Hunt lived to be 
nearly a hundred. His farm adjoined that of 
Ca|)tain John C"ollins. In 1790 the first federal 
census shows that John Hunt, of Hillsdale, 
had in his family two males over sixteen, five 
under that age and four females. Samuel, 
eldest son of John Hunt, had two males over 
sixteen and one female: his wife was Sally 
( Bagley) Hunt, and their descendants have 
been prominent in Hillsdale. Another son of 
John. John Hunt Jr., had, in 1790, two sons 
under sixteen and seven females. Pelatiah 
Hunt, a nei)hew of Dr. Ja])eth or Japhet Hunt, 
and presumabl)' also a son of John Hunt, had 
five sons under si.xteen and three females in 
his family at Hillsdale ; from other sources we 
know that Gideon and Seth Hunt were brothers 
of Pelatiah. In 1790 Dr. Japeth or Japhet 
Hunt,- according to the census, was at Hills- 
dale, and had in his family two males over 
sixteen, two under that age and four females. 
That number corresponds with the family rec- 
ord. Dr. Jajx'th Hunt was a surgeon in the 
army, during the French and Indian war and 
the revolution. He died March 7, 1808, aged 
ninety-six years. He married Elizabeth Davis. 
He settled in Marathon, in 1796, the first 
pioneer there, taking up land in the south part 
of the [present village and built a log house on 
land now or lately owned by G. P. Sf|uires, 
between the river and highway. Dr. Hunt 
was buried in the Marathon burial-ground. 
Children: i. John, mentioned below. 2. Will- 
iam, married Anne, daughter of Matthew Cole. 

3. James, lived and died in Genoa, New York, 

4. Betsey, married Oliver Mack and lived in 

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Genoa, moving to Indiana in 1796. 5. Nancy, 
married Abram Smith, and died December 28, 
1808, leaving sons Cyrus and Nathan, the latter 
of whom was father of Judge A. P. Smith, of 
Cortland. 6. Hannah, married Nathan Thorp. 

(II) John, son of Dr. Japeth Hunt, was 
born in Hillsdale or Nobletown, near the New 
York-Massachusetts line, in disputed territory, 
July T."]. 1765, died at Marathon, August 8, 
1815. He settled in IMarathon, in 1796, buying 
a hundred acres of land and building the first 
dwelling-house — a log hut — within the present 
limits of Marathon. He brought with him his 
wife, a daughter, three years old, and a son, 
six months old. He was justice of the peace 
for fifteen years, and held that office at the 
time of his death. He married, at Hillsdale, 
December 25, 1791, Lydia Mallory, born Oc- 
tober 17, 1760, died May 7, 1856. Children, 
first two born at Hillsdale: i. Naomi, Novem- 
ber 16, 1792, married Charles Richardson. 2. 
Japeth, born October 26, 1795. died February 
20, 1796. 3. Samuel M., mentioned below. 4. 
Mary, December 17, 1800, married Cyrus 
Phelps. 5. Elizabeth, January 27, 1803, mar- 
ried Jacob Meecham. 6. Lydia, July 26, 1805, 
married Horace McClary and Huntley. 

7. Joanna, July 25, 1808, married Ira Lynde. 

8. Susanna, March 8, 181 1, married Ira Lynde. 

(III) Dr. Samuel M. Hunt, son of John 
Hunt, was born at Marathon, Cortland county, 
New York, October 8, 1798, the first white 
child born in that town. His first schooling 
was received there in a barn used for a school- 
house, later in a ]irimitive log house, the win- 
dows of which were of oiled paper. He enter- 
ed Cortland Academy in 1819. He studied 
medicine under Dr. P. B. Brush, of Bingham- 
ton, and was licensed by the Medical Society 
of Chenango county, in 1823, when Dr. Henry 
Mitchell was president. He practiced first at 
Sharp's Corners, on the Otselic river, now 
the town of Triangle, Broome county. New 
York. Afterward he located at Lisle, in the 
same county, and later at Union and Maine, 
also in Broome county. But for many years 
he practiced in his native town. He was an 
able and successful physician and surgeon, prac- 
ticing for many years in Marathon. He wrote 
an account of the Hunt family for "Goodwin's 
History of Cortland County" (1859), and was 
accounted a man of rare literary attainments, 
a useful and honored citizen. He married, 
December 11, 1823, Maria Havens. Children: 
I. Charles H., born September 4, 1824: mar- 

ried Anne DeP. Livingston. 2. Dr. John W., 
born February 28, 1826, at Upper Lisle, 
Piroome county, where his father was then 
living: died December 12, 1859: was a promi- 
nent Free Mason, and grand scribe of the Sons 
oi Temperance ; deputy county treasurer and 
assistant secretary of state of New York ; mar- 
ried Eliza S. Hobart. 3. Daniel Delos, men- 
tioned below. 4. Duray, born June 9, 1834; 
married a daughter of Chester Cooke. 5. De- 
Forest, born August 15, 1842. 6. Eliza M., 
August 31, 1844. 

(IV) Daniel Delos, son of Dr. Samuel M. 
Hunt, was born at L'pper Lisle, Broome coun- 
ty, New York, March 12, 1828, died at Mara- 
thon, April 6, 1890. He received his early 
education in the public schools, and during his 
boyhood worketl at farming. From the farm 
he entered upon a mercantile career and was 
clerk in various general stores in the vicinity. 
In his twenty-fourth year he engaged in the 
dry goods business on Cortland street, Mara- 
thon, in the second building standing at the 
north end of the bridge. He was for many 
years one of the leading merchants of the 
town. In 1869 he built the Mansard Block, 
then deemed an innovation in business build- 
ings, and moved his store into it. He admitted 
to partnership, about this time, Oscar Wildey, 
who retired from business in 1875. In 1882 
he admittetl to partnership, his son-in-law, C. 
M. Chapman, and the firm continued to the 
time of the death of the senior partner. Mr. 
Hunt was a man of much public spirit, favor- 
ing the projects that tended to improve the 
village and benefit the people. One who knew 
him wrote: "D. Delos tlunt pursued a business 
career in Marathon of nearly forty years and 
left behind him a record of probity and integ- 
rity that has engraven his name high among 
the men who made Marathon a busy hive of 
industry. Personally and socially he was of 
an agreeable and pleasant nature; kind and 
charitable : ever willing to lend a helping hand 
and zealous of his good name and business 
ability. The news of his death came upon the 
community like a shock, though his long ill- 
ness had prejiared his friends to expect the 
worst. His death was mourned by all who 
knew him and who realized, many of them, 
that they had not only lost a dear jiersonal 
friend, but that his departure from among 
them would be a serious loss to the comnnmity. 
His long, last illness was a rare example of 
|)atience, liojie fulness and fortitude." He was 



keenly interested in town and village affairs 
and held the offices of trustee and president of 
the incorporated village of Marathon. 

He married, January 24, 1853, Esther A. 
Carley, born December 4, 1830. died May 12. 
1909, daughter of Alanson and Sally (Cort- 
right) Carley (see Carley VII). Children: i. 
J. Warren, resides in Marathon. 2. Corrie L., 
born in 1859; married, in 1880, Carlton M. 
Chapman, of Syracuse, New York, son of 
Charles A. Chapman. He was in partnership 
for many years with Daniel Delos Hunt, her 
father, but retired some years ago on account 
of ill health and is now traveling salesman. 
They have one daughter, ."^nna Louise, born 
March 17, 1883, married John D. Han.son, of 
Grand Rapids. Michigan, and has a daughter, 
Esther Dorothy, born April 13, 1910. 

Buchanan is one of the old- 
BUCHAN'AN est and most honored of 

Scotch surnames. The fam- 
ily was in Stirlingshire as early as the year 
1200. An important branch of the family went 
to Ulster, north of Ireland, in the early days 
of the dispossession of the Irish and settle- 
ment by Scotch and English Protestants under 
King James in 1610 and afterward. The name 
of Captain William Buchanan of Lord of Ards' 
Quarters, county of Down, appears in the list 
of those ordered to remove under a Declara- 
tion of Commissioners, May 23, 1653, in ac- 
cordance with a plan of the English govern- 
ment to remove all popular Scots from Ulster 
to certain districts in Munster. This shows 
that the family was then well known in county 
Down. It flourished especially in the adjacent 
county of Tyrone and in the census of births 
in 1890 we find that out of twenty-four births 
that year in all Ireland, twenty-one were in 

(I) James Buchanan, American immigrant, 
came to this country from the north of Ire- 
land, doubtless from the family at Tyrone, 
and settled among the pioneers in Orange 
county. New York, as early as 1737. He died 
April 6, 177s, and is buried in Goodwill church- 
yard, near Alontgomery. New York. 

(II) John, son of James Buchanan, was 
born in Oranee county. New York, lived in 
Orange and Herkimer counties, and died about 
1808 in Herkimer county. He enlisted and 
served as .sergeant of Captain Theodore Bliss' 
company, Second Artillery, of the Continental 
Army, under Colonel John Lamb, on March 

-3- ^777' *'-"■ three years. His name last ap- 
peared on muster roll for November and De- 
cember, of 177c). He also served as a private 
in Captain William Talbert's company, (Tolonel 
James McClaughry's regiment, of New York 
militia, and was ordered into service by Gov- 
ernor Clinton to reinforce the garrison at West 
Point at the time General Cornwallis was 
marching down the river. He married Miriam 
Eager, of an old Massachusetts family. Chil- 
dren : Thomas ; James E., mentioned below ; 
William, John, Watkins, Polly and Martha. 

(III) James E., son of John Buchanan, was 
born in Orange county. New York, April 24, 
1788, died atY'ortlandville \'illage, McGraw, 
New York, December 29, i860. He was a 
soldier in the war of i8i2. He came to Cort- 
land county in January, 1818. and was one of 
the pioneer settlers of the town of McGraw- 
ville, coming thither from Herkimer county. 
He was educated in the public schools. All 
his active life he followed farming. In relig- 
ion he was a Congregationalist : in politics a 
Democrat. He married, January ig, 1814, 
Sally Farmer, born June 2t,, 1793, in Herkimer 
county, died in McGraw, Ne\y York, Septem- 
ber 4, 1878, daughter of John Farmer. Chil- 
dren: John F.. born November 26, 1814, died 
December 29, 1876: James, April 18, 1817, 
died .April 12, 1868: Sophia. December 30, 
1819, died January 8. 1820; Miriam, July 6, 
1821, died March 13, 1900, married David 
Short; Sally, .August 18, 1824, died November 
4, 1826: William Willard. mentioned below; 
San ford, born May 21, 1828. died December 
6, 1849; Thomas \\'atkins. February 16, 1832, 
died January 19, 1877. 

(IV) William W^illard, son of James E. 
Buchanan, was born July 3, 1826, in McGraw- 
ville. New York, died September 23, 1886. He 
attended the public schools of his native town 
and Homer Acadeiuy, and for a few years 
taught school in Cortland county. During most 
of his life, however, he followed farming at 
Cortlandville. In politics he was a Republican. 
He was an active member of the Presbvterian 
church, at McGrawville. He married, Febru- 
ary 20, 183 1, Amelia Hatfield, born Septem- 
ber 20, 1828, in Cortlandville, and is now liv- 
ing with her son at McGraw, New York. She 
is a daughter of Williaiu and Ann (Smith) 
Hatfield. Their only child was W'illiam J., 
mentioned below. 

(V) William J., son of William Willard 
Buchanan, was born in McGrawville, New 


York, September 13, 1857. He attended the 
public schools of his native town and the 
Union High School, of McGrawville. He 
commenced his business career in 1879, in the 
employ of P. H. McGraw & Son, in the manu- 
facture of corsets. He continued with the 
McGraw Corset Company, as the concern was 
known after incorporation, for a period of 
twenty j'ears and for many years he was super- 
intendent of the plant. In 1901 he organized 
the Empire Corset Company, of which he has 
since been ]iresi(lent, and the business has 
grown to large proportions. The plant is 
modern and designed for efficiency and com- 
fort of the workers. The factory is thirty- 
si.\ by three hundred feet, two stories high, 
with basement. The basement is devoted to a 
cutting room and printing plant and for a stock 
room where the steel stays, rubber cloth and 
other goods used in the factory are kept. It 
is interesting to note that forty tons of these 
steel stays are kejit on hand. In the printing 
plant all the box labels used in the business are 
printed. In another |>art of the basement also 
are the two stri])fol<Ier machines of a new 
automatic tyjje, jiiade especially for the corset 
business. The fold and cut are made in one 
operation, the cloth strips being for the inner 
side of the corset to cover the stays. In the 
east end of the basement is an Acme self- 
clamping cutter with new-style friction gear 
for cutting square cloth. The corsets are cut 
out from brass ])atterns with knives, forty- 
eight thicknesses being cut at each time. The 
scraps are sorted into two grades and sold to 
paper mills. More than five thousand yards 
of cotton cloth and one hundred and fifty 
dollars worth of elastic webbing are used daily. 
On the first floor are the offices, the paper 
box stock-room, the label room, packing and 
shipping departments. On the second floor the 
rough work of construction, such as the as- 
sembling of parts, boning, staying, girdling, 
are performed, and for this purpose there are 
fifty-two needle and sixty-three three-to-ten 
needle machines, ojierated by steam power and 
geared to three thousand three hundred stitches 
a minute. ( )ne ten-needle machine of the 
latest type is used for narrow girdles only. 
rCearly all the machines are of the latest pat- 
terns from the best makes. In the finishing 
room on this floor the corsets are comjjleted. 
This room contains sixteen new-style binding 
machines of the compound feed type, doing 
two thousand stitches a minute. In this room 

also are the eyelet machines, not unlike the 
Mergenthaler linotype machines of the printers, 
and the single needle machines for plain stitch- 
ing with which the lace and hose supporters 
are attached to the corset, running at the rate 
of four thousand stitches a minute. When 
the corset is complete it is rolled by a machine 
designed for the work and bo.xed, after in- 
spection, and ready for shipment. One in- 
genious and wonderful machine in this room 
is that which threads the ribbon within the 
lace. In a small room on this floor starch is 
s])rayed by machinery upon the finished corset, 
which is then taken to the laundry. The power 
house contains a steam engine of one hundred 
and five horse power and a thirty-five kilo- 
watt dynamo. Water for the plant is pumped 
from an eighty-three-foot well. 

The "Never Rust" corset, the "Sorosis" and 
the "Reduzyou" styles, manufactured by this 
company, have proved extremely popular and 
are known throughout the country. The com- 
pany emi)loys two hundred and fifteen women 
and thirty-five men. Four traveling salesmen 
are kept busy and the goods are sold not only 
in this country, but in Cuba, Mexico, Canada 
and other foreign countries. In 1910 the com- 
pany manufactured one hundred thousand 
dozen corsets, anil in some days the plant has 
produced four hundred dozens. The officers 
of the company are: William J. Buchanan, 
president; Harry C. Chaffee, secretary; Hart- 
ley K. Alexander, treasurer. A sketch of Mr. 
Chaffee apjiears elsewhere in this work. Mr. 
Alexander was born in 1866, in East Homer; 
for thirteen years he was bookkeeper for the 
P. H. McGraw & Son's 'corset factory. He is 
a graduate of the Elmira School of Commerce; 
is ex-])resident of the village, member of the 
water board and board of education, steward 
of the Methodist church and treasurer. Mr. 
J. H. Hill, superintendent of the cutting room, 
and a director of the company, is an expert in 
the art of designing corsets. 

Mr. Buchanan is keenly interested in the 
village in which his business is located. He 
was president of the incorporated village in 
1892-93-94-95 ; has been secretary of the fire 
de])artment ; was president of the board of 
education for several terms and is at present 
railroad commissioner of the town of Cortland- 
ville. He is a prominent member of the Pres- 
byterian church, of which for a number of 
years he has been an elder and treasurer. 

He married, in 1884, Marcia Hollister, of 


Cortlandvillf, born January i, 1861, daughter 
of Harvey D. and Martha (Thonijjson ) floUis- 
ter. They have one son, W'ilham Harvey, born 
September 11, 1894. 

John Hunt, like his brother. Dr. 

HUNT Japeth Hunt, has never been traced 
and the evidence or rather lack of 
evidence indicates that both came from Eng- 
land. Among the descendants of John is a 
tradition that he came from Roxbury, Con- 
necticut. Roxbury was formerly part of Wood- 
bury, Connecticut, and is not an old town, 
comparatively speaking. Its records are not 
good, and no trace of this family is found 
either in Woodbury or Roxbury. The family 
may have stayed there but a short time and 
then joined the tide toward New York state. 
John and Dr. Japeth settled in Columbia coun- 
ty, near the town of Hillsdale. John lived to 
be nearly a hundred years old. Ilis farm ad- 
joined that of Captain John Collins. The 
first federal census shows that John Hunt, of 
Hillsdale, had in his family two males over 
sixteen, five under that age and four females. 
Some of the sons had already families of their 
own. A full list of his children has not been 
found. Children: i. John Jr., had in 1790 at 
Hillsdale two sons under sixteen and seven 
females. 2. Samuel, had two males over six- 
teen and one female ; one account states that 
Samuel was the eldest. 3. Pelatiah, had in 
Hillsdale five sons under sixteen and three 
females. 4. Gideon. 5. Seth, mentioned below. 
Probably others. 

(H) Seth, son of John Hunt, was born 
about 1745, probably in Connecticut, and set- 
tled with his father and uncle in Columbia 
county. New York. He married Mary, daugh- 
ter of David Irish. They had a son Ransom, 
mentioned below. 

(Ill) Ransom, son of Seth Hunt, was born 
in 1768, in Connecticut. He and his brother- 
in-law, Abram Rlaklee, located at Otego, New 
York, coming from Bennington, Vermont, and 
Ransom Hunt cleared a farm in the wilder- 
ness there and built his log house. As the 
settlement grew he erected a sawmill and grist- 
mill, the first in that section, and for many 
years kept a tavern. He was a prominent citi- 
zen : he represented the district in the state 
assembly, and was a member of the constitu- 
tional convention for the state of New York. 

He married Sabra Blaklee, of an olrl Con- 
necticut family, born in 1768, died May 3, 

1848. Children; i. Ranscjm, was a Baptist 
minister and lived in Otego ; married Mehitable 
Follett ; four children : Seth, John, Susan and 
Jane. 2. By ram, born August 8, 1791 ; was 
also a Baptist minister ; moved to the vicinity 
of Knoxville. Pennsylvania, and was the father 
of ten children, whose descendants are still 
living there. 3. Russell, of Corning, New 
York : was the father of four children. 4. Ann. 
married Mason Hughston, of Otego, New 
York : nine children. 5. Laura, married Oba- 
diah Blaklee, of Otego. New York; no chil- 
dren. 6. Harvey, mentioned below. 

(I\') Harvey, son of Ransom Hunt, was 
born January 3, 1808, in Otego, New York, 
and died there, November 30, 1888. He re- 
ceived a good education in the public schools 
and became a lawyer. In addition to his law 
practice he was occupied in farming. He 
served thirteen years as weigher in the Custom 
House, in New York City. In early life he 
was a Democrat, afterward a Republican. He 
served the town for several years as supervisor 
and was chairman of the board of supervisors 
of the county. He was elected an assembly- 
man from Otsego county, reelected and served 
two terms in the legislature, 1841-42. He 
married (first), March 5, 1827, Louisa Sco- 
field, born January 22, 1808, in Troy, New 
York, died in 1843. ^^^ married (second) 
Wealthy Birdsell, born at Otego, New York, 
in 1812, died November 3, 1889, daughter of 
Michael and Wealthy (Webster) Birdsell, 
Wealthy Webster was relatefl to Daniel Webs- 
ter, the statesman. Children of first wife: i. 
George W. 2. Theodore L., resides at Otego. 

3. Ira Wallace, living at Neanah, Wisconsin. 

4. Helen A. 5. Susan. 6. Albert, lives at 
Binghamton ; married Adelaide Bates : chil- 
dren: Harvey A., William B., Maud and Ruth. 
Children of second wife: 7. Dr. Dwight B., a 
physician at Otego, New York. 8. Dr. Will- 
iam B., a physician in New York City- 9- 
Eva, died in infancy. 10. James B.. mentioned 

(\') James B., son of Harvey Hunt, was 
born at Otego, New York, March 25, 1856. 
He attended the public schools of his native 
town, and followed farming when a young 
man. He learned the trade of wheelwright 
and wagon-maker in Otego, and followed it 
until 1890, when he came to Cortland, New 
York, to work for the McGraw concern as a 
blacksmith. After twelve years in this factory,, 
he left to engage in business on his own ac- 



count in Cortland. He carried on a wagon 
manufacturing business until January, 1911, 
when he bought a manufacturing plant in 
Homer, New York, and reorganized the Homer 
Wagon Company, of which he is president and 
secretary. This concern has done a large and 
flourishing business. Mr. Hunt is a member 
of Vesta Lodge, No. 255, Odd Fellows, of 
Cortland. For many years he was a singer of 
considerable note in Central New York, and 
sang in church choirs, concerts and in public ; 
was a member of the celebrated Cortland City 

There were a number of Colo- 
AIcGRAW nial pioneers named McGrath 
or McGraw, sometimes spelled 
also Magrath, Megrath, Magraw and Megraw. 
In 1790, according to the first federal census, 
there was quite a numerous family, the second 
generation, or perhaps the third, in the town of 
Mohawk, Montgomery county. New York. 
Christopher McGraw had two males over six- 
teen, and one female in his family ; his son 
Christopher Jr. had two sons over sixteen and 
two under that age and four females. Daniel 
and Edward had young families and Margaret, 
evidently a widow, was head of a separate 
family containing herself and a daughter. 

During the revolution there were Daniel Mc- 
Grath, of Amherst, Massachusetts; John Mc- 
Grath, of Maine : James McGrath, of Rutland, 
Massachusetts (McGrow) ; Moses, of Boston, 
aged forty-five in 178 1. A Lieutenant John 
McGraw or Megraw appears to have lived at 
Natick, Needham, and perhaps Sudbury and 
Concord ; was in the recruiting service ; also 
probably the same man who was in Captain 
Joseph Butler's company and Colonel Nixon's 
regiment ; married Jane Chamberlain, of Need- 
ham, at Needham. March 18, 1776. Some of 
these Massachusetts families located in Ver- 

(I) Samuel McGraw, son of a Scotch-Irish 
pioneer in X'ermont, was born October 17, 
1772. The first settlers of Plymouth, Ver- 
mont, where he lived for a time, came about 
the year 1800 and he probably came a few 
years later, but in 1803 he located in Cortland- 
ville, New York, and is said to have come 
thither from New Haven, Connecticut. He 
lived for a time at Blodgett's Mills. In 1806 
he came to what is now the town of McGraw 
and built the first log house there; in 181 1 he 
built the first frame house in the town. He 

became a leading citizen, owned much of the 
land, and the village and postofifice of Mc- 
Grawville and McGraw were named for him. 
He died at McGraw, February 6. 1836. 

He married, in 1794, at Bennington, Ver- 
mont, Elizabeth Whitcomb, who was born 
February i, 1775, died July 7, i860. Children: 
I. William, born January 28, 1796, died Octo- 
ber 22, 1862; married Sally Barnum ; had ten 
children. 2. Harry, mentioned below. 3. 
Hiram (twin of liarry), born September 25, 
1797, died July, 1798. 4. Hiram, born January 
24, 1800, died April 5. 1877; married" (first) 
Pliilena Graves; (second) Martha Sturtevant. 
5. Betsey, September 24. 1802, died December 
5, 1879; married Reuben G. Dowd. 6. John, 
May 30, 1804, died June 2"], 1848; married 
Minerva Graves. 7. Samuel, September 25, 
1806, died December 14, 1889; married (first) 
Jerusha Eaton: (second) Nancy Clark. 8. 
Marcus, born October 31, 1808, died May 16, 
1870; married (first) Louisa Eaton; (second) 
Eliza Y. Munson. 9. Marcia, January 3, 181 1, 
died May 2. 1855; married Rev. George G. 
Hapgood. 10. Newton, June 30. 1813; mar- 
ried Rowena Jones. 11. Elinor, October 8, 
1815, died December 4, 1886; married Thomas 
Rogers. 12. Maria, November 19, 1817, died 
March 6, 1897; married David W. Greenman. 
(II) Harry, son of Samuel AIcGraw, was 
born September 25, 1797, in X'ermont or Con- 
necticut, died at McGrawville, New York, 
May 16, 1849. He was educated in the public 
schools. When his father died he became head 
of the family, and from 1818 to 1849 he con- 
ducted a general store in McGrawville and 
was first postmaster there from 1827 to 1849. 
In politics he was a prominent Whig: he was 
a member of the state assembly in 1843, ^"'^ 
assessor and supervisor of the town. He at- 
tended the Presbyterian church of which his 
ancestors had been members. He inherited 
much real estate from his father and it in- 
creased in value rapidly under his care. Much 
of his fortune was made in real estate. He 
married, in Cortlandville. New York. Janu- 
ary 13, 1820, Sally Smith, born October 2, 
1793, "died May i, 1874, daughter of Captain 
Joseph and Rhoda (Parker) Smith (see Smith 
V). She was a devout Christian and kind ■ 
mother. Children, born at McGrawville: i. 
Lucetta. born January 11, 1821 : married Rev. 
E. B. Fancher : resides at McGrawville : chil- 
dren : Ezra B., Edward P., Sarah L., Cynthia, 
Henrv R. and Minnie (twins), the latter of 



whom died in infancy, and James R. Fancher. 
2. Perrin H., mentioned below. 3. Pamelia. 
February 3, 1825 ; married, in McGrawville, 
1855, Henry M. Kingman, son of Oliver and 
Betsey Kingman ; merchant of Cincinnatus ; 
has one adopted daughter, Carrie E. Kingman. 
4. Alarinda, July 14, 1827; married, Septem- 
ber 5, i860, in ^IcGrawville, Henry C. Hend- 
rick, M. D., born Guilford, New York, Sep- 
tember II, 1827, son of Leontes and Zilpha 
(Farnham) Hendrick ; surgeon during the 
civil war, president of the examining board of 
United States surgeons, Cortland ; resides at 
McGrawville: child, Henry Delos Hendrick, 
born October 11, 186 1. 5. Delos, October 21, 
1829, a merchant and produce dealer at Mc- 
Grawville. 6. Louisa Maria, October 21, 1832, 
died February i, 1833. 

(HI) Perrin H., son of Harry McGraw, 
was born in McGrawville, New York, Decem- 
ber 28, 1822, died October i6, 1899. He at- 
tended the public sehools of Cortland, Homer 
and Mexico. New York. He began his busi- 
ness career as a general merchant in partner- 
ship with his brother Delos. The firm then 
extended the business and built up an extensive 
produce and commission trade, especially in 
butter and cheese. He withdrew from the 
produce business to establish the corset manu- 
facturing business, which he conducted in a 
factory at McGrawville, under the name of 
the I\IcGraw Corset Company, and he con- 
ducted the business, which was eminently suc- 
cessful and which grew to very large propor- 
tions, until he retired in 1890, and was suc- 
ceeded as manager by his son, Albert Perrin 

In politics Mr. McGraw was in early life a 
Whig, but a leading and influential Republican 
during his later life. He succeeded his father 
as postmaster of McGrawville ; represented the 
district in the state assembly in 1854; was state 
senator for two years in 1859-60, and held 
other offices of trust and honor. At the be- 
ginning of the civil war he assisted the state 
authorities to organize a regiment and was 
appointed its quartermaster. He served seven 
months in the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh 
Regiment of New York Volunteer Infantry. 

No public improvement made during the 
active life of Mr. McGraw can be mentioned 
in which he was not interested. He was one 
of the founders and during the entire existence 
of the institution was president of the New 
York Central Academy ; the principal promoter 

and first president of the U. C. & C. railroad, 
chartered April 9, 1870, and completed to Mc- 
Graw, September 18, 1897, by N. A. Bundy, 
as the Erie & Central New York Railroad. 
Mr. McGraw was a leader in the educational 
and church matters of the village, and for 
many years was an elder of the Presbyterian 
church. Largely through his ambition, energy 
and consummate business ability, a rural com- 
munity was transformed into a thriving manu- 
facturing center. 

He married, April 26, 1846, Louisa Pritch- 
ard, born June 9, 1824, died A])ril 23, 1890, 
daughter of Garrett and Philena Pritchard, of 
Solon, New York. Children, born at McGraw- 
ville: Mary Louisa, February 3, 1853, died 
December 16, 1864; Albert Perrin, mentioned 

(IV) Albert Perrin, son of Perrin H. Mc- 
Graw, was born in McGraw, New York, June 
12, 1856. He attended the common schools 
and fitted himself to enter college, but he was 
attracted to a business career and at the age 
of twent\-two became associated with his father 
in the manufacture of corsets. When his father 
retired from the business in 1890 he became 
the manager and was treasurer and secretary 
of the corporation, the McGraw Corset Com- 
pany. The business which his father estab- 
lished and built up to remarkable success con- 
tinued to thrive and increase under the admin- 
istration of the son. In addition to the manu- 
facture of corsets, the company made waists,, 
skirts and other garments. The McGraw skirts 
and waists, corsets and other products acquired 
a national reputation. In 1897 the A. P. Mc- 
Graw Corset Company absorbed the old com- 
pany, and Mr. A. P. AIcGraw became its presi- 
dent and treasurer. In 1908 Mr. McGraw sold 
the business and since then has devoted his 
time to his dairy farm and spring water busi- 
ness. This is one of the largest and best dairy 
farms in this region, comprising two hundred 
acres of land near the village of McGraw. 
The dairy buildings are models of cleanliness 
and equipped with all the wonderful, new 
dair)- machinery and apparatus. He has a herd 
of twenty or more Holsteins and Ayrshires 
and they are kept in the pink of condition by 
proper care and diet. The butter from his 
dairy finds a local market and nearly every 
family in the village of McGraw is supplied 
with milk from this dairy. Water for the 
dairy is supplied by an artesian well bored in 
1908 to a depth of one hundred and fifty-five 



feet and a half and so excellent is the quality 
that it has found a market among those careful 
to use pure water. A chemist who analyzed 
the water re]5orted : "This is very pure from a 
•chemical and bacteriological standpoint. Spec- 
troscopic tests prove the absence of injurious 
metals or minerals. For table use I recom- 
mend the water with confiflence." Every bot- 
tle of the water is labeled "Tres-Pur" and is 
shipped in various sizes of receptacles from 
quarts to five gallons. Mr. McGraw. in addi- 
tion to the interests mentioned has been inter- 
ested in the manufacture of wagons, paper 
and wooden boxes, etc., and at present is in 
partnership with his son, Charles A. McGraw, 
in the manufacture of corset laces, under the 
name of the McGraw Manufacturing Com- 

Mr. Mc(iraw is an active and prominent 
member of the I'resbyterian church and has 
been superintendent of the Sunday school for 
a period of nearly thirty years. In politics 
he is a Republican and he has been a member 
of the Republican county committee, president 
of the incorporated village and of the board of 
education of McGraw. He has traveled ex- 
tensively both in this country and abroad. He 
was a member of the McGrawville Lodge, No. 
320, Odd Fellows, and of Camp No. 36, Sons 
of Veterans. 

He married. January 18, 1882, Emeline M. 
Childs, born September 13, 1859, in Walling- 
ford, Vermont, daughter of Hon. Charles D. 
and Mary Cornelia (Munson) Childs. Her 
father was born June 29, 1830, son of Abial 
Childs; her mother, Mary Cornelia (Alunson) 
Childs, was born January 13, 1835, died Sep- 
tember 17. 1866. Mrs. .'\. P. McGraw is a 
]5rominent member of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution, of which she is regent, 
of the Presbyterian church and various social 
and charitable organizations. Children: Charles 
Albert, mentioned below ; Agnes Childs, born 
November 12, 1891. 

(V) Charles Albert, son of Albert Perrin 
McGraw, was born at McGraw, Cortlandville, 
New York, December 28, 1886, and was edu- 
cated in the public schools of his native village 
and at the Cortland high school. He became 
associated with his father in the corset business 
as bookkeeper and general manager of the 
A. P. McGraw Corset Company. After the 
business was sold, in i(/38, he and his father 
entered jiartncrshi]) in the manufacture of 
corset laces at Mc( iraw, under the name of the 

McGraw Manufacturing Company, and the 
junior partner has charge of the business. In 
politics he is a Republican, and is serving as 
treasurer of the village of McGraw, and in 
religion a Presbyterian. 

He married, June 29, 1910, Josephine Louise 
Patrick, of Truxton, New York, born Febru- 
ary 7, 1888, daughter of Otis D. and Louise 
Frances ( Kenney ) Patrick. 

(The Smith Line). 

( I ) Richard Smith, immigrant ancestor, was 
a proprietor of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 
1641, and must have been of age at that time. 
A gravestone at Ipswich is said to read "Died 
September 2, 1714, aged eighty-five." If this 
is the same Richard, and no trace of any other 
is found, the age or date of death must be 
given or copied wrong. He must have been 
born as early as 1629. His daughter married 
Edward Gilman Jr., who bought land of him 
at Ipswich, October 9, 1647. This land he 
mortgaged, December 25, 1648, to his father, 
Edward Gilman Sr., who sold it October 2, 
165 1, to his brother (brother-in-law), Richard 
Smith, of Shroppum (Shropham), county 
Norfolk, England. If this transaction is stated 
correctly, there was probably a Richard Smith 
Sr., father of the Ijiswich man. Chilflren, as 
given by Hammett : Richard, mentioned below : 
Elizabeth, married Edward Gilman, of Exeter : 
Mary, married Philip Call, John r)urr and 
Henry Bennett ; Martha, married John Rogers. 

(II) Richard (2), son of Richard ( i) Smith, 
may be the Richard whose death has been men- 
tioned. He married, November 16, 1659, Han- 
nah Cheney, of Newbury, She was born No- 
vember 16, 1642, daughter of John and Martha 
CheTiey. Children, born at Ipswich: Richard, 
died July 22, 1700; Daniel, died June 8, 1725: 
Nathaniel, married Elizabeth Fuller ; John, 
married, December 4, 1702, Mercy Adams; 
Joseph, mentioned below: Hannah, married 

Chadwcll ; Martha, married Jacob 

I'.oardman; Dorothy, married, December 4, 
1702, Robert Rogers; Elizabeth, died in 1747. 

(III) Joseph, son of Richard (2) Smith, 
was born at Ipswich, July 16, 1685. He mar- 
ried, in 1710, Joanna Fellows. He removed 
to Sudbury late in life and is buried at East 
Sudbury, now Wayland, where he died May 3, 
1754. Ilis wife Joanna died there, September 
25, 1781, aged ninety-two years. Children: 
losepli, mentioned Ijelow : Ephraim. died .April 
20, 1809, aged eighty-two, at Wayland. 



(IV) Captain Joseph {2) Smith, son of 
Josepli (i) Smith, was born in Ipswich in 
1716, died at East Sudbury, March 9, 1803. 
His wife Abigail died there December 29, 1814. 
aged ninety-three (gravestone). Children, born 
at Sudbury : Samuel, born June 17, 1742 ; Mar- 
tha, December 7, 1743: Joseph, mentioned 
below; Abigail, August 16, 1747; Jane, Febru- 
ary 26, 1751 : Mary, June 5, 1753 ; Isaac, March 
5, 1755: /\aron, November 3, 1756; David, 
July 12, 1759. 

(V) Captain Joseph (3) Smith, son of Cap- 
tain Joseph (2) Smith, was born at Sudbury, 
November I, 1745, died at Barre, September I, 
1809. He was a soldier in the revolution from 
Sudbury and Natick. He was sergeant in Cap- 
tain Joseph Morse's company. Colonel John 
Paterson's regiment. May to August, 1773 ; also 
in Captam Moulton's company. Colonel Ezekiel 
How's regiment (Fourth Middlesex) of Sud- 
bury and afterward of Captain Morse's com- 
pany. Colonel Putnam's regiment. He was on 
a list of names of men raised for the conti- 
nental service as returned by Lieutenant John 
Megraw to Colonel Ezekiel How, February 7, 
1778. He was lieutenant, ensign and quarter- 
master in Colonel Rufus Putnam's regiment 
( P'ourth and Fifth) seven months and twenty- 
three days as ensign, two months anrl thirteen 
days as quartermaster and twenty-four months 
and twenty-four days as lieutenant: adjutant 
and lieutenant from January to December, 
1780: lieutenant in Ca])tain Joshua Henson's 
company. Colonel Putnam's regiment of light 
infantry in 1781 ; reported in command of his 
company with Marquis de Lafayette in April, 
1781, and June 15, 1781. Always called cap- 
tain after the revolution. He married, at Barre, 
December 14, 1786, Rhoda Parker, of Barre. 
Children, born at Barre: Rufus, November 8, 
1787: Abigail, August 16, 1789: Aaron, No- 
vember 4, 1 791 ; Sally, October 2, 1703, she 
removed to Homer, New York, in 1816, two 
years after her father died, and she married, 
January 13, 1820, Harry McGraw (see Mc- 
Graw II). 

At the battle of Bunker Hill Smith's com- 
pany was stationed northwest of the hill, 
toward Cambridgeport, to prevent those on the 
hill from being flanked. He was with the 
army at Long Island and White Plains and 
one of the twelve hundred who stormed Fort 
Stony Point. He spent the winter at Valley 
Forge, where he had the small-pox and suf- 
fered greatly. He afterwards went south with 

Washington's army and v\as ni many of the 
principal battles and was at the surrender of 
Cornwallis at Yorktown. He commanded one 
of the light infantry companies and was one 
of the officers called together by Washington 
when he delivered his farewell address. His 
company disbanded in 1783, and he returned 
to Lis home in Barre. He owned a farm of 
one hundred and seventy-three acres, being 
known as the Rocking Stone F"arm, from a 
famous rocking stone located upon it. He was 
adjutant under General Lincoln in Shay's re- 
bellion. He served on the IJarre school com- 
mittee, and was town treasurer in 1792. He 
was an inn holder. His first location in Barre 
was easterly of the E. W. Heminway house on 
the opposite side of the road. In 1801 he 
erected a tavern which he conducted for twelve 
years, and which is now a dwelling-house oppo- 
site the school house of District No. 9. 

Roger Burhngliam, nn- 
BURLlNGll.VM migrant ancestor, died 
September i, 1718. He 
came to this country as early as 1654, in which 
year he settled in Stonington, Connecticut. In 
1660 he was of Warwick, Rhode Island, and 
September 25, 1671, of Providence. On the 
latter date he and two others were appointed 
to make a rate and levy an assessment at Mas- 
hantatack. In 1690 he was elected deputy 
from Warwick, but there being much debate 
in the assembly as to the legality of the elec- 
tion, it was ordered that he should not be ac- 
cepted. He was a member of the town coun- 
cil in 1698. September 6, 1704, he deeded to 
his son Peter, his house and fifty acres, sub- 
ject to the use and profits for Roger and 
wife for life. His will was made November 
28, 171 5, and proved September 13, 1718. His 
wife Alary was made executrix, but as she 
died soon after, the eldest son John took ad- 
ministration. Roger married Mary , 

who died in 1718. Children: John, born Au- 
gust I, 1664, mentioned below; Thomas, Feb- 
ruary 6, 1667 ; Mary, married, December 19, 
1689, Amos Stafiford, died 1760; Jane, mar- 
ried (first) John Potter, (second), 1711, Ed- 
ward Potter ; .Alice ; Mercy : Roger, married 

Eleanor ; Peter, died 1712, unmarried: 

Elizabeth, born January 9, 1684 : Patience, 
born 1 68 5. 

(II) John, son of Roger Burliiigham, was 
born .August I, 1664, and lived in Providence, 
Rhode Island. He married, Marv, daughter 



of Moses and Mary (Knowles) Lippitt. He 
had received on the death of his brotlier Peter, 
the latter's deed of gift of their father's home- 
stead, dwehing-house, etc., which Peter had 
received from his father some time before. 
December 23, 1712, John took the house and 
fifty acres for himself, and divided the remain- 
der of the property eciually between his other 
brothers, Thomas and Roger. He also pro- 
vided that if their father and mother needed 
assistance, all three brothers should be at equal 
charge. March 18, 1719, he sold to Samuel 
Gorton, son of Captain Benjamin Gorton, a 
mansion house and sixty acres of land in 
Providence, for three hundred and ninety 
pounds. Children: John; Roger; David, men- 
tioned below ; Barlingstone, born January 25, 
1698; Benjamin; Elisha. 

(HI) David, son of John Burlingham, was 
born about 1690, died January 27, 1755. He 
lived at Gloucester, Rhode Island. March 6, 
1719, he had a legacy by will from his grand- 
mother, Mary Lippitt. He married . 

Children, born at Gloucester: INIary, July 9, 
1729; Benedict, November 19, 1731 ; Thomas, 
August 13, 1734, mentioned below; David, 
October 26, 1736, married Mehitable Bishop; 

, August 5, 1739; Shutely, August 12, 

1741 ; Sarah, February 19, 1744, died Decem- 
ber 9, 1745; Patience, March 9, 1746; Elisha, 
September' 6, 1749; Benjamin, March 18, 1753. 

(IV) Thomas, son of David Burlingham, 
was born at Gloucester, Rhode Island, August 
13, 1734. He married . Chil- 
dren: Lydia, born October 15, 1757; Thomas. 
April 16, 1760; Nathan, February 24, 1762. 
mentioned below; Esek, March 24, 1765; Pa- 
tience, August 5, 1767; Charles, November 8, 
1769; Jean. April 19. 1772, married, March 7, 
1793, Jesse Mowry; Creta. July 14, 1778, mar- 
ried, March 13, 1804, ; James, 

February i, 1782. 

(V) Nathan, son of Thomas Burlingham, 
was born February 24, 1762, and married. May 
13, 1782, Sarah, daughter of Richard Bart- 
lett. They were married by Rev. John Smith, 
Esquire. He settled in Lanesboro, Massa- 
chusetts. According to the census of 1790, he 
had at that time one male over sixteen, one 
under sixteen and four females in his family. 
.Among his children was George, mentioned 

(VI) George, son of Nathan Burlingham, 
was born in Lane.sboro, Massachusetts, about 
1785-90, died in Solon, New York, June, i860. 

He came to New York state in his youth and 
settled in Solon, Cortland county. He mar- 
ried (first) Hannah Welch, (second) Joanna 
Whitman. Children of first wife: Hopkins, 
mentioned below ; George ; Philip ; James ; Har- 
vey ; Ann ; Hulda, married Brigham. 

Children of second wife: Martha Jane, mar- 
ried Giles Martin ; Mary Matilda, married De- 
witt Shattuck. 

(VII ) Hopkins, son of George Burlingham, 
was born in Massachusetts, and came to New 
York with his parents when a child. He lived 
in Solon and Preble, New York. He was a 
farmer by occupation. He married Esther, 
daughter of Charles and Rebecca Frink. He 
died in Preble at the age of eighty years. Chil- 
dren: Truman Avery, born December 11, 
1830, mentioned below ; Meldrun Webster 
Monroe ; Olivia Ann Esther, married James 
Breed ; Electa Jane Melissa ; William, died 
young ; Nettie, died young. 

(VIII) Truman Avery, son of Hopkins 
Burlingham, was born December 11, 1830, at 
Solon, New York, and spent his early life 
there. He removed later to a farm near Au- 
burn, New York. He was a farmer by occu- 
pation. He was a soldier in the civil war; en- 
listed October 26, 1861, in the Third New 
York Heavy Artillery, Kennedy's battery, 
General Smith's division, Davidson's brigade. 
He participated in the campaign in Virginia, 
and saw much active service until he was sent 
to Chesapeake Hospital, at Fort Monroe, where 
he died. September 13, 1862, and was buried 
in Hampton National cemetery. He married, 
October 29, 1853. Mary E. Brown, born in 
Cincinnatus, New York, March 12, 1834, died 
in McGraw, February 19, 191 1, daughter of 
Fenner and Harriet (Terry) Brown, of Cin- 
cinnatus. Her father, Fenner Brown, came 
originally from Rhode Island, and was the 
son of William and Rachel (Grossman) 
Brown. William Brown was the son of Josiah 
Brown. Children: i. Charles Avery, born 
May 15, 1856, lives in Olean, New York; mar- 
ried, June 10, 1881, Kate Beman ; children: i. 
Lloyd, born April 14, 1882, now on the civil 
staff of the governor general in the Philippines, 
married, December 29, 1906, Georgia Beards- 
ley, one child, Lois, born in Manilla, October 
6, 1908; ii. Mabel, October 13, 1885 ; iii. Grace, 
February 17, 1890; iv. Raymond, May 24, 
1895; V. Le Verne, May, 1902. 2. Hattie M., 
born March 21, 1859, died April 6, 1890; mar- 
ried Milo C. Thornton, of Solon; one child, 



Mabel A., married Floyd C. Gilbert. 3. liur- 
dette Truman, mentioned below. 

(IX) Burdette Truman, son of Truman 
Avery Burlingham. was born in Owasco, New 
York, May 23, 1S61, and removed with his 
mother to McGraw, New York, in 1867, mak- 
ing his home with her until her death in Feb- 
ruary, 191 1. He attended the district schools 
of the latter place, and later w-ent to McGraw- 
ville Academy and Albany Business College. 
He then became a clerk in a store in Albany, 
and was manager of the City Newsboys' Lodg- 
ing House in the same city. For a period of 
four years he was engaged in work on the new 
capitol building in Albany. Later he removed 
to Johnstown and Gloversville, where he was 
in the insurance business, which he left to 
enter the employ of the Wheeler & Wilson 
Sewing Machine Company. About 1890 he 
returned to McGraw and conducted a dining 
and lunch room there until June i, 1897, when 
he was appointed postmaster of McGraw. He 
is now serving his fourth term in that office, 
having been reappointed by President Taft, 
December 10, 1909, and within ten days con- 
firmed by the senate. Shortly after his first 
appointment, he purchased new and modern 
fixtures at his own expense, and moved into 
large and convenient quarters. During a dis- 
astrous fire, in January, 1906, however, the 
postoffice was destroyed, and he was forced 
into temporary quarters. He then obtained a 
ten-year lease on a part of the Hendrick build- 
ing, which was planned for postoffice purposes 
and equipped under his supervision. This was 
ready for occupancy, March i, 1907, and is 
undoubtedly one of the neatest, best-conducted 
postoffices of any village of the same size in 
the country. It is furnished with a golden oak 
outfit, including desks, cabinets and ward- 

During the fourteen years of his office, Mr. 
Burlingham has conducted the afifairs of the 
office in a systematic, businesslike manner, and 
has brought about improvements which have 
added greatly to the comfort and convenience 
of the citizens of McGraw. Among other 
things he has secured a direct exchange of 
mails with mail trains on the Delaware, Lack- 
awanna & Western and Lehigh \^alley rail- 
roads instead of having all mail pass through 
Cortland. He has also secured a service over 
the Cortland County Traction Company's lines 
by which early mail from New York is re- 
ceived and a late mail sent out. He has estab- 

lished three R. F. D. routes from his office, 
and an international money order business, by 
which money orders can be sent all over the 
world. He is also a photographer and a notary 
public. Mr. Burlingham has been captain and 
chairman of the board of trustees of the Cor- 
set City Hose Company since its incorporation 
in 1897. He has also been secretary of the 
fire department since its reorganization in 
1898. When the former company took pos- 
session of the village hall for three years, he 
was elected manager and has personally super- 
vised the building of a new interior, scenery, etc. 
He is past commander and trustee of Shuler 
Tent, Knights of the Alaccabees ; past chief 
ranger. Independent Order of Odd Fellows ; 
past commander of Sons of \'eterans. also past 
commander of Sons of \'eterans, Cnited States 
of America. He has never married. 

Thomas Chafifee. immigrant 
CHAFFEE ancestor, came to New Eng- 
land as early as 1635, at which 
date he was living in Hingham, Massachusetts, 
and owned land there. The first mention of 
him in the records of Hingham is as follows, 
under date 1635: "Given unto John Tucker by 
the town of Hingham for a planting lot six 
acres of land lying upon the Worlds End Hill, 
bounded with the land of Thomas Chafl'e and 
the land of John I'rince, Southward, and with 
the land of Ralph Woodward, Northward, 
butting upon the Sea Eastward and West- 
ward." The record of Thomas Chaft'ee's 
grants in Hingham was not made until 1637. 
when he had a house lot and several other 
parcels of land. Between that year and April 
9, 1642, there is no further mention of him, 
but upon the latter date his name appears on 
the records of Nantasket, now Hull, Massa- 
chusetts. February 4, 1630, he sold land to 
Thomas Gill, of Hingham. The last record of 
him in Hull is under the date 1657, and gives 
a list of the "Lands and tenements" which he 
owned there. Sometime between 1657 and 
May 30, 1660, when he sold his lands in Hull, 
he removed to Rehoboth, Massachusetts, of 
which he was one of the proprietors. He re- 
ceived land in the original division of Reho- 
both, and February 9, 1660, made his first 
recorded purchase of land there. He lived in 
that part of the tow-n which was afterwards 
set off as Swansea, Massachusetts. April 11, 
1664, he was called "of Wanamoisett," which 
included Swansea, and Barrington, Rhode 


NEW \r)[^K. 

Island, and "A jjlanter." At that time he sold 
one of the town lots which he had received in 
the original division. Evidently he took an 
active part in town affairs, for his name ap- 
pears often in the list of those chosen to look 
after such matters. His occupation is given 
as that of a fisherman and a farmer. The name 
of his wife and the date and place of his mar- 
riage are unknown. It is supposed, iiowever, 
that he was married in Hull, and that the 
Christian name of his wife was Dorothy. His 
will was made July 25, 1680, and proved March 
6, 1682-S3. In it he mentioned his sons Na- 
thaniel and Joseph. Children, probably born 
in Nantasket : Nathaniel, mentioned below : 
Joseph, born between 1639 and 1646, married 
Annis Martin. The name in early records was 
spelled Chaff e, Chafey and Chafy. 

(II) Nathaniel, son Thomas Chaffee, was 
probably born in Nantasket, between 1638 and 
1642, and died in Rehoboth, September, 1721. 
He married, in Swansea, August 19, 1669, Ex- 
perience, daughter of Jonathan and Miriam 
(Harmon) Hliss, of Relioboth. She also died 
in September. 1721. He removed with his 
parents from Hull to Rehoboth between 1657 
and 1660, and in i(J69, on the occasion of his 
marriage, is first mentioned in Swansea. May 
19, 1670. he was chosen constable, and in 1672 
owned seventy acres of land there. In 1674 
he was invited by the town of Rehoboth, in 
which he had formerly lived, to return, and 
was offered land there as an inducement for 
doing so. Four months later he had sold his 
lands in Swansea, and is called of Rehoboth. 
February 11, 1675-76, he is mentioned in the 
records of the latter town, and June i, 1680, 
was propounded to be freeman, and the fol- 
lowing year was admitted. March 26, 1681, 
he was chosen to be constable. April 9, 1685, 
in the division of town lots, he received lot No. 
76, and March 29, 1702-03, a second lot. He 
was chosen tythingman, March 22, 1693, and 
March 19, 1703-04. He drew other lots of 
land in 1707 and 17 12, and in the latter year 
sold that land drawn in that same year. He 
was a blacksmith by occupation. He left no 
will, inventory, distribution, or other papers 
relating to his estate. In a deed, however, 
dated May 3. 1715, he gave to his youngest 
son, Noah, ail his lands in Reholjoth and 
Swansea, which he had not already given to his 
other children, also his house, barn, and home 
lot. It appears from the same deed that he 
bad then liestowcd upon each of his other 

children their portion of his estate. Children, 
the first three born in Swansea, the others in 
Rehoboth : Dorothy, married Nathaniel Paine ; 
Thomas, born October 19, 1672 ; Rachel, Sep- 
tember 7, 1673; Nathaniel, January 4, 1675- 
76 : Jonathan, April 7, 1678, mentioned below ; 
David. August 22, 1680: Experience, March 

24, 1682-83; Mehitable, June 10, 1685, died 
-August 6, 1699; Daniel, October 30, 1687; 
Noah, January 19, 1690-91, died July 9, 1691 ; 
Noah, Decemljer 17, 1692. 

(Ill) Jonathan, son of Nathaniel Chaffee, 
was born in Rehoboth, April 7, 1678, died 
there December 31, 1766. He married there, 
November 23, 1703, Hannah, daughter of 
William and Miriam (Searles) Carpenter, 
born April 10, 1684; in 1767 she was appoint- 
ed executrix of her husband's estate. Febru- 
ary 10, 1701-02, he received from his father 
four and a half acres of land in Rehoboth, 
near "Broken Cross." March 19, 1704, he was 
chosen to act as field driver, and December 11, 
1 718, was chosen to serve on the jury of trials. 
That same year he bought one hundred acres 
of land in .\shford, Connecticut, and in 1719 
one hundred acres more in the same town. In 
1726 he gave half of this land to his eldest son, 
Jonathan, who settled there, and in 1734 sold 
the remainder to his brother David, apparently 
iie\-er having lived there. March 28, 1720, he 
was chosen tythingman, and June 6, 1725, with 
his wife and son Jonathan, was admitted to 
membershiji in the First Congregational 
Church in Rehoboth. January 15, 1727, he 
was chosen "to project and prepair a method 
how .schools shall be kept in the severall parts 
of the town and how many may be proper for 
the Towne to have." ■March 30, 1730, he was 
again chosen to ser\'e on the jury of trials at 
Bristol, and October 15, 1739, was grand jury- 
man, and again, in October, 1745. May 21, 
1744, he was made overseer of the workhouse. 
He is called husbandman and yeoman. His 
will was made May 5, 1754. His gravestone 
is still to be seen in the old burying-ground, 
formerly in Rehoboth, now in Rumford, Rhode 

Chihlren, born in Rehoboth : Jonathan, June 

25, 1704, mentioned below; Nathaniel, October 
20, 1705; Hannah, October 3, 1707; Dan. I'eb- 
rnary 6, 1710-11; Miriam, .\ugust 22, 1712; 
Susanna, Septeml)er 22. 1714, died December 
8. 1715; I'".phraim. January 23, 1715-16; Will- 
iam, born about 1717, died .\pril 26, 1730; Sus- 
amia. June 10. 1720. died young; Deliverance, 



September 4, 1721, died May 10, 1736; Josiah, 
May 2, 1723: Susanna, August 28, 1728, died 
May 20, 1736. 

(R) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (i) 
Chaffee, was born in Rehoboth, June 25, 1704, 
died February 9. 1785. He married, in Ash- 
ford, Connecticut, June i, 1727, Abigail Lyon, 
who died January 9, 1773. Slie was admitted 
to the First Congregational Church, of Ash- 
ford, August 5, 1733. He was admitted to the 
church of Rehoboth, June 6, 1725. The fol- 
lowing year he received from his father one 
hundred acres of land in Ashford, where he 
settled. February 23, 1729, he was admitted 
to full communion with the church there. Chil- 
dren, born in Ashford: Jonathan, April 21, 
1728, died same day; Josiah, February 10, 
1729; Thomas, April 8, 1731, mentioned below ; 
Hannah, November 28, 1733; William, July 
20, 1736; Susanna, September 10, 1738, died 
young; Abigail, December 17, 1740, died 
young; Deliverance, February 7, 1742-43, died 
young; Jonathan, May 11, 1746; Carpenter. 
January 25, 1749-50, served in revolution. 

( V ) Thomas (2), son of Jonathan (2) 
Chaffee, was born in Ashford, Ajiril 8, 1731, 
died in Becket, Massachusetts, December 5. 
1810. He married, in Willington, Connecticut. 
March 26, 1761, Hannah, daughter of John 
and Elizabeth Reed. She was born there. Oc- 
tober 3, 1742, died in Becket, May 5, 1836. 
He was of Ashford in 1758, when he bought 
of James Bicknell, a fellow-townsman, fifty 
acres of land partly in Ashford and partly in 
Willington. About the time of his marriage, 
he removed to Willington and was of that town 
as late as September 17, 1783, when he bought 
one hundred and six acres of land in Becket. 
Soon afterwards he removed to Becket, where 
he and his wife were admitted to the First 
Congregational Church by letter. April 3. 1784. 
March i, 1793, he was chosen, with two others, 
to superintend the records of the church. He 
was a farmer by occupation, ami was known as 
a kind and charitable man. Children, all but 
the youngest born in Willington: Benjamin, 
born November 16, 1762; Deliverance, Octo- 
ber 26, 1764; Joshua, May 7. 1766; Thomas, 
March 15. 1768; Jonathan, March 4, 1771, 
mentioned below; Lois, March 12, 1773; Na- 
than, February 24, 1775; Hannah, May 22, 
1777; Zephaniah, October 11, 1779; Caleb. 
July 9, 1781 ; Calvin, June 9. 1783; Abigail, 
April 23, 1785. 

(\'T) Jonathan (3). son of Thomas (2) 

Chaffee, was born in Willington, March 4, 
1 77 1. He married, in Becket, November 29, 
1792, Rebecca Wadsworth, born in 1774. They 
removed to Homer, Cortland county, New- 
York. The date of his death is unknown. 
Children, probably others born in Homer: 
Elias, born in Becket, September 12, 1800; 
Seth Willard, born in Becket, .\ugust 6, 1802; 
Orange ; Joseph ; Alvin ; Jonathan B. ; Thomas 
B., mentioned below; Sally; Polly; Rebecca; 

Laura, married Scott, and lived in 

Cortland county ; Alniira. 

(\T1) Thomas Brewster, son of Jonathan 
(3) Chaft'ce. was born probably in Connecti- 
cut, about 181 5, died in McGrawville. New 
York, June, 188 1. He removed with his par- 
ents to New Y'ork state and settled first in 
Oswego, where he learned the trade of cabi- 
net-maker. He afterwards settled in Cort- 
landville. New Y^ork, and was one of the first 
trustees of McGrawville. He married Eliza, 
daughter of Robert and Betsey ( Reed ) Wells, 
of White Plains, New Y'ork, born 1817, died 
January 17, 1909. Children: Polemas W., 
lived in McGrawville; Morris B.. lived in 
Toronto, Canada, died 1898; Thomas Jeft'er- 
son, mentioned below. 

(VHI) Thomas Jefferson, son of Thomas 
Brewster Chaffee, was born in Homer, March 
6, 1841, died in McGrawville, August 7, 1879. 
He received a common school education, and 
after leaving school worked for a time in 
CJwego in a store kept by Stores & Chatfield. 
He was engaged for the greater part of his life 
in the insurance business, and lived in Mc- 
Graw or McGrawville. He served in the civil 
war, in the Fifteenth New Y^ork Cavalry, for 
about a year and a half. Most of his time 
was served in Maryland, where he guarded 
Confederate troops who had been taken pris- 
oners. In his home town, McGraw or Mc- 
Grawville, he served as justice of the peace. 
He married Mary, daughter of Henry and 
Cynthia (Dunbar) Hamilton, born in Mc- 
Donough, New Y'ork. May 20, 1839. died No- 
vember 19, 1906. Children: Harry Chatfield, 
born April 23, 1868, mentioned below ; Louis 
Sherridan. .\|_iril 2S. 1870, died 1892: Frances 
F., August 21, 1871. married Eugene W. Rus- 
sell, of McGraw, farmer, children : Louis, Mer- 
ton, Webster, Harry Chatfield, deceased; 
Thomas Jeff'erson. January 1. [87(). died h"eb- 
ruary 17. 1877. 

(IX) Harry Chatfield, son of Thomas Jef- 
ferson Chaffee, was born in McGraw, New 



York, April 23, 1868, and was educated in Mc- 
Graw Academy, and the Elmira School of 
Commerce. When eleven years of age he 
began work for P. H. McGraw & Son, corset- 
makers, and remained with them until 1901, 
when in company with others he organized the 
Empire Corset Company. Of this firm he has 
been secretary and director since its organiza- 
tion. He has been clerk of the village of Mc- 
Graw for fourteen years, and also president. 
He married, March 27, 1890, Grace E., daugh- 
ter of Samuel and Frances (Tripp) Doud, of 

(VHI) Polemas Wells Chaf- 
CHAFFEE fee, son of Thomas Brewster 
Chafifee (q. v.), was born in 
Cortland ville. New York, January i, 1846, and 
was educated in the public schools of Cortland 
and McGraw and at the New York Central 
College at McGraw. He enlisted, October 4, 
1 86 1, in Company A, Seventy-sixth New York 
Regiment of Volunteer Infantry in the civil 
war and was in the service three years, lacking 
three months, being discharged on account of 
disability in the spring of 1864. He took part 
in the second battle of Bull Run and in the 
three days at Gettysburg. He was sergeant 
of the guard at Ciettysburg and had charge of 
the ammunition train. Since his return from 
the service, he has made his home in McGraw 
and has worked for the corset manufacturers 
of that time. He was with P. li. McGraw & Son 
and afterward with the Miller Corset Company. 
He worked for one year at Bridgeport, Con- 
necticut, for a corset manufacturer. In politics 
Mr. Chafifee is a Republican. He has served 
the town of McGraw for several terms as 
overseer of the poor. He is a member of Mc- 
Graw Lodge, No. 320, Odd Fellows, and of 
the Encampment and Canton of Cortland. He 
is chaplain on the colonel's staff in the Canton. 
He is a member of William H. Tarbell Post, 
No. 476, Grand Army of the Republic, of Mc- 
Graw, and has been an officer. In religion he 
is a Presbyterian. 

He married, in 1888, Mary Marvin Vincent 
Knight, daughter of Henry and Abigail Mar- 
vin. By a previous marriage she had three 
children : Hattie .\dolia \'incent, who died aged 
six years ; Lelia Sophia V incent, married 
Claude C. Hammond, of McGraw ; Gertrude 
I,. \'incent. 

John Maine, immigrant ancestor, 
Mx'MNE was born in York, England, 1614. 

and came to America, in 1629. 
He settled at York, Maine. He had a son. 
Ezekiel, mentioned below. The name was 
formerly spelled Mayn, Mayne and Main. 

( II) Ezekiel, son of John Maine, was born 
in 1 64 1, in York, and is ne.xt mentioned in 
Scituate. Massachusetts. In 1669 he removed 
to Stonington, Connecticut, and received in 
1670 and 1672 land grants from that town. 
Subsecjuently he bought other land, and in 
1680 received another town grant. He died 
there, June 19, 1719. Children: Ezekiel; Mary, 
baptized July i, 1677, died young; Jeremiah, 
born 1678. mentioned below ; Thomas, baptized 
Se])tember 22, 1679, died young; Phebe, bap- 
tized August 7, 1681 ; Hannah. 

(III) Jeremiah, son of Ezekiel Maine, was 
born 1678. He married, October 11, 1699, 
Mrs. Ruth Brown. She was baptized at Ston- 
ington, July 16, 1699. He was admitted to 
the Stonington church. May 18, 1712. On 
February 12, 1727, a new church was formed 
in what is now North Stonington, and both he 
and his wife were dismissed to the latter, by 
recjuest. He died November 11, 1729. Chil- 
dren: Thomas, born July 19, 1700, mentioned 
below; Hannah, baptized May 17, 1702; Eliz- 
abeth, born February 22, 1702-03 ; Lydia, April 
19. 1705; Sarah, May 19, 1706; Jeremiah. 
April 10, 1708; Hepzibah, March 24, 1710: 
Nathaniel, August 4, 1714; Anna, .^.ugust 21. 
1715; John, May 20, 1716; Peter, August 5, 

(IV) Deacon Thomas Maine, son of Jere- 
miah Maine, was born in Stonington. July 19. 
1700, and married there, April 20, 1720, Annah, 
daughter of Eleazer and Ann (Pendleton) 
Browti, born I-'ebruary i, 1700. Her father 
was the son of Thomas and Mary (Newhall) 
Brown, of Lynn, Massachusetts. Children, 
born in Stonington: Thomas, February 12. 
1721 ; Andrew, .Xugust 5, 1723; Timothy, 
April 8, 1727; Joshua, .'Xpril 5, 1729; Anne, 
July 31, 1731 ; Jonas, February 7, 1735-36, 
mentioned below; Elizabeth, died young; Eze- 
kiel, born July 8, 1742; Phebe, November 16. 


(V) Jonas, son of Deacon Thomas Maine, 
was born in .Stonington, February 7, 1735-36, 
died there Jaiuiary 24, 1804. He married 
(first) at Westerly, Rhode Island, June 3. 

















1756, Patience Peckliam, born February 13, 
1732, died July 23, 1757 or 1758. He married 
(second), April 14, 1760. Content, daughter 
of William and Elizabeth (Dewey) Bromley, 
died August. 1825, aged eighty-nine years. 
Her mother, Elizabeth ( Dewey ) Bromley, was 
the daughter of Israel and Abigail (Drake) 
Dewey. Israel Dewey was the son of Thomas 
Dewey, immigrant ancestor, of Windsor, Con- 
necticut, from whom is descended Admiral 
George Dewey. Her grandmother, Abigail 
(Drake) Dewey, was a daughter of Sergeant 
Job and Mary (Wolcott) Drake, the latter a 
daughter of Henry Wolcott, of Windsor. 
Jonas Maine was a soldier in the revolution. 
Captain Hunger ford's company. Colonel Sam- 
uel McClellan's regiment ; was appointed en- 
sign, November 5, 1780, discharged January 
3. 1 781. This regiment saw duty in New Lon- 
don and Croton, Connecticut. Child of first 
wife, born in Stonington : Sinius, March 23, 

1757, died young. Chiklren of second wife: 
Content, February 7, 1761 : Peckham, January 
5, 1763, mentioned below: Patience, March 7, 
1765; Lyman, March 14, 1767; Dewey, Sep- 
tember 14, 1770; Jonas M., March 15, 1772; 
Thomas, married Hannah Chapman, born No- 
vember 28, 1776; Jabish Breed, July 4, 1777: 
Nancy, married John Grav ; Paul B., April i, 

(VI) Peckham, son of Jonas Maine, was 
born in Stonington, January 3, 1763, died at 
Adams, New York, June 2, 1842. He mar- 
ried, in 1785, Sally, daughter of John and Eliz- 
abeth (Babcock) Burdick, born September 7, 
1763, died at Guilderland, New York, Janu- 
ary 28, 1837. He was a farmer in the latter 
place. Children : Perez, born January 29, 
1786; Jonas, April i, 1788; John Burdick, 
July 15, 1790; Fanny, January 3, 1792: Lewis, 
April 3, 1793, mentionefl below ; Asher H., 
September 29, 1798; Sophia, November 8, 
1799: Franklin Brown, April 5, 1802; Adam 
^^^, September 12, 1804. 

(VH) Lewis, son of Peckham Maine, was 
born April 3, 1795, in Albany county. New 
York, died at Richfield, New York, Novem- 
ber 3, 1840. He married Catherine Van Ren- 
neslaer, born in Guilderland, Albany county. 
New York. Children: Stephen: Samuel; 
Charles M., mentioned below. 

(VIII) Charles Mason, son of Lewis Maine, 
was born in Winfield, Herkimer county, New 
York, in 1832. He settled when a young man 
in West Winfield, Herkimer countv. New 

York, and has lived there since. He learned 
the trade of stucco working and has always 
followed it. He married Mabel Blowers, born 
1834, in Marshall, Oneida county. New York, 
daughter of Reuben and Sarah (Wing) Blow- 
ers. Children : Stephen, lives in tlie west : 
Allie Henry, mentioned below. 

(IX) Allie Henry, son of Charles Mason 
Maine, was born at West Winfield, November 
18, 1862. He attended the public schools of 
his native town and the West Winfield Acad- 
emy. He learned the trade of plumber and 
graduated from a school of sanitary plumbing 
and heating at Scranton, Pennsylvania. He 
was in the employ of G. L. Swift & Sons, of 
Marathon, New York, for ten years. In 1903 
he came to Cortland as a partner of the Ben- 
nett Hardware Company and continued in the 
firm for five years. Since 1908 he has been in 
the heating and plumbing business in Cortland 
on his own account. His establishment is at 
23 Arthur avenue and his sliop is equipped 
with the latest apparatus and appliances. He 
carries in stock a large variety of plumbing 
su]iplies which are displayed in a modern and 
well-planned salesroom. He is agent for the 
Kelsey Warm Air Generator: for the Century 
Furnace of Akron, Ohio; the Ideal Furnace 
Company of Detroit, Michigan; the Spence 
Hot Water Boiler, made by Pierce, Butler & 
Pierce, of Syracuse, and the Page Boiler, made 
by W. H. Page, of New York. As a con- 
tractor he has handled some of the most im- 
portant plumbing and heating contracts in this 
section. He is a member of the Order of 
]\Iaccabees. While living in Marathon, New- 
York, he served the incorporated village two 
years as a trustee. In politics he is a Repub- 

He married, February 7, 1886, Marcia M. 
Pratt, of Leavenworth, Kansas, born Novem- 
ber 2, 1863, daughter of Henry D. and Mary 
A. (Blair) Pratt, grandaughter of Charles M. 
Pratt. Children : Mora M., born August 9, 
1892; Kenneth Blair, June 27, 1902; Robert 
Rolla, March 7, 1906. 

Thomas Blodgett, immigrant 
BLODGETT ancestor, was born in Eng- 
land, of an ancient and hon- 
ored family, in 1605, if his age was correctly 
given when he sailed for America. He came 
in the ship "Increase," sailing April 8, 1635, 
with his wife, Susan, aged tliirty-seven, and 
children, Daniel, aged four, and Sanniel, aged 

1 82 


a year and a half. The name is variously 
spelled in the early Massachusetts records, 
ISlodget, Blodgett, Blogett, Blogget, Bloghead, 
Bloget, Bloggitt, Bloged, Blokwod, Bloggot 
and Blodgit. He was a glover by trade, and 
settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where 
he had a grant of land March 6, 1636-37. He 
died in 1642. His will was dated August 10, 
1641, and ]5roved July 8, following. He be- 
queatliL'd to wife, Susan, and three surviving 
children, mentioned below. His widow mar- 
ried, February 15, 1643, James Thompson, of 
Woburn, and died February 10, 1660-61. Chil- 
dren : Daniel, born in England, 1631, settled 
in Chelmsford, Massachusetts ; Samuel, born 
in England, 1633-34, mentioned below; Sus- 
anna, born in Cambridge, June, 1637 ; Thomas, 
born in Cambridge, died August 7, 1639, in 

(H) .Samuel, son of Thomas Blodgett, was 
born in England in 1633-34, and settled in Wo- 
burn. He was deputy to the general court, 
1693; commissioner of the rate. 1692; select- 
man. 1681-90-93-95-96-97-1703. Savage gives 
the date of his death as July 3, 1693, an evident 
error, as he was assessed in Woburn until 
1719. I'aige in his "History of Cambridge," 
makes his death May 21, 1720, aged nearly 
eighty-seven years, which is consistent with 
the date of birth. He married, December 13, 
1655, Ruth, daughter of Stephen Eggleston, or 
Iggleton, of Boston. She died October 14, 
1703. Children, born in Woburn: Ruth, De- 
cember 28, 1656: Samuel, December 10, 1658; 
Thomas, February 26, 1661, mentioned below ; 
Susanna, married, December 29, 1685, James 
Simmonds ; Sarah, February 17, 1668: Mary 
(twin), September 15, 1673; Martha (twin of 

(HI) Thomas (2), son of .Samuel Blodgett, 
was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, February 
26, 1661. He married, November 11, 1685. 
Rebecca, daughter of John and Rebecca 
(Wood) Tidd, then of \\^oburn, afterwards 
of Lexington. .She was born about 1665, died. 
according to Woburn records, March 8. 1750. 
He was assessed in Woburn from 1684 to 
1689. He removed to Lexington some years 
earlier, but was not assessed in that town until 
1 69 1. He became one of the most active and 
prominent citizens of Lexington, and the an- 
cestor of the greater ])art of the Lexington 
I'lodgetts. He was a subscriber to the meet- 
ing-house in the jirecinct in 16(^2, and both he 
and his wife became members of the cliurch. 

March 5, 1699, by a letter of dismissal from 
the Woburn church. In 1710 he was an asses- 
sor, and after the incorporation of the town 
he filled nearly every office of honor and trust. 
In 1714 he was chosen selectman, an ofifice to 
which he was afterwards reelected; he also 
represented the town in the general court. 
At the first town meeting he was elected 
tythingman, which was then regarded as an 
office of great dignity. In Hudson's "History 
of Lexington" it is recorded that he gave one 
pninicl ten shillings towards the first meeting- 
liouse, and five shillings towards the purchase 
of Lexington Common, at a meeting held 
.April, 171 1. January 9, 1713, it was voted to 
build a new church, and he with four others 
were appointed to carry the measure into 
efTect. He was commonly called captain. He 
died September 29, 1740. His will was ap- 
])roved November 24, 1740, and mentioned 
wife Rebecca, sons Thomas, Joseph, Samuel, 
daughters Rebecca, Russell and .\bigail Reed. 
Children, the first three recorded in Woburn : 
Thomas, born August 5, 1686 ; Rebecca, June 
5. 1689: Ruth, October 14, 1694, probably died 
young: Joseph, September 17, 1696; Abigail, 
November 6. 1698, Woburn record ; baptized 
in Lexington, November 3, 1698, Lexington 
record; Samuel, born June 17, 1702; in Wo- 
burn record of deaths; child died .\]iril 13, 
1688: child, 1691. 

f IV) Joseph, son of Thomas (2) Blodgett, 
was born, jirobably in Woburn, September 17, 
1696, and removed with his parents when quite 
young to Lexington. He appears to have 
lived in the latter town until about thirty-five 
years old, but no record-of assessment has been 
found in either town. Some time after his 
first marriage, in 1719, he removed to Brim- 
field, Massachusetts, and became a prominent 
citizen there. He was one of the original 
members of the church in 1724, and in 1736 
was on a committee "to treat with the min- 
ister relating to his principles and all soe re- 
lating to ye ]iroposals made by ye town in order 
to settlement & sallery." In the same year he 
gave four acres of land to the minister, and in 
1739 petitioned the town for permission to 
erect a horse-shed at the meeting-house. He 
married (first), November 3, 1719, Sarah 
Stone, born in Lexington, November 9, 1700, 
died May 8, 1735. She was admitted to the 
church in Lexington. June 19, 1728. He mar- 
ried (second), June 29, 1738, Sarah Ingersoll, 
born in Springfield, Massachusetts, May 17, 



1718, (iieil April 24, 1774. He died June 10, 
1783. Children of first wife, the first five ht)rn 
in Lexington, the last three in Brimfield : Jo- 
seph, April 17, 1721 ; Sarah, November 12. 
1722; Anna, April 10, 1724: Abigail, July 18, 
1726: Ruth, March i, 1728; Benjamin, June 
19, 1730: Abner, June 6, 1732; Thomas, Sep- 
tember 26, 1734. Children of second wife, 
born in Brimfield: Samuel, May 17, 1739; 
Lydia, February 17, 1741 : Jonas, November 
12, 1743; Azubah, April 12, 1746: Caleb, No- 
vember 24, 1748: Elijah, October 25, 1751 ; 
Marsena, March 4, 1754; Nathan, November 
3, 1756. mentioned below: Admatha, Decem- 
ber 15, 1758. 

(V) Nathan, son of Joseph Blodgett. was 
born November 3, 1756. In 1790 he was liv- 
ing at Western, now Warren, Massachusetts, 
and soon afterward appears to have moved to 
Whitestown, New York, then to Cortlandville. 
He was a soldier in the revolution from Brim- 
field, or Brookfiekl, in Captain Daniel Gilbert's 
company. Colonel Job Cushing's regiment. lie 
came to Cortlandville in 1803, and located in 
lots sixty-five and sixty-six. He died there 
July 12, 1845. On June 7, 1781, he married 
Abigail Bliss, who was born August 30, 1760, 
died March 30, 1837. Their children were: 
I. Loring, born April 22, 1782, died August 
30, 1865: married Nancy Salisbury, of Cort- 
land, December 13-16, 1810; children: i. Dor- 
leska, born October 6, 181 1, died February 25, 
1899; married Alonzo Tisdale, January 17, 
1832; ii. Marvin, born July 8, 1813, died No- 
vember II, 1845; iii. Loring Jr., born July 25, 
1815, died July 31, 1842; iv. Hiram Curtis. 
born January 25, 1818, died September 27, 
1899, married, April 2, 1845, Mariva AIcGraw, 
of ilcGrawville, New York : their children : a. 
Marsden Loring. born September 5, 1847, died 
November 14, 1862; b. Frank Morgan, born 
November 5. 1849, died December i, 1872; c. 
Helen Mariva, born April 22, 1852, married 
Samuel Dewitt Noyes, of Milwaukee, Wis- 
consin : they have one daughter. Bertha E., 
born May 15, 1883; d. Charles Herbert, born 
July 7, 1854, died November 14, 1871 ; e. Mary 
Elizabeth, born January 14, 1861. married, 
December 8, 1886, Charles Henry Van Tuyl, 
now of the faculty of the I'niversity of Chi- 
cago, no children : v. Abigail, born October 29, 
181Q, died July 26, 1820; vi. Alvira, born June 
9, 1821, died January 7, 1842: vii. Nancy Ann. 
born July 14, 1824, died January 14, 1846. 2. 
Rachel, born July 4, 1785, died July 13, 1837: 

married Jacob Badgley, January 31, 1808: chil- 
dren : Abigail, married Spencer; Mor- 
gan : Laura, married Cyrus (iriswold : Eliza, 
married Severance. 3. Lot, Ijorn Au- 
gust 20, 1787, died August 20, 1808. 4. Lewis, 
born March 10, 1790, died September 3, 1870; 
married, December 16, 1816, Betsy Cravath ; 
their children were Horace and James, of Her- 
mitage, New York. 5. Lydia, born September 
2y, 1792, died February 4, 1870; married 
Hiram Betts, December 2, 1810; children: 
Samantha, married Elijah R. Stedman ; Wood- 
ward : Olive (Mrs. James A. Calvert) ; Salina : 
Elsina, married ( first ) Bassett, ( sec- 
ond ) Stout. 6. Abigail, born June 9. 

1795, died March 6, 1797. 7. Franklin Benja- 
min, see below. 8. Eliza, born May 5, 1800. 
died March 26, 1893; married Levi Taggart, 
July 25, 1833; children: Susan Jane, married 
(first) William M. Richardson, of Evansville. 
Wisconsin, ( second ) George Parr, of Boscobel. 
Michigan ; Cornelia : Abigail Bliss, married 
(first) Cyrus Griswold, widower, (second) 
Albert B. Culver. 9. Dwight F., born March 
31. 1808, died April 25, 1808. 

(VI) Franklin Benjamin, son of Nathan 
Blodgett, was born January 21, 1798, died 
September 24, 1872. He married, November 

1, 1821, Achsah Dewey. Children: i. C)rissa, 
born July 24, 1823, died November 25, 1842. 

2. .Monzo Dwight, see forward. 3. Lewis (jay- 
lord, born May 14. 1827. died August 17, 1828. 

4. John Randolph, born March 12, 1829, died 
March 24, 1873; married, October 25, 1866, 
Alida Ferris, of Warsaw, New York : children : 
i. Elizabeth Ferris, born October 12, 1867, 
died August 15, 1869: ii. Louis (iottschalk, 
born January 11, 1871. 5. Jane .\melia, born 
?^ larch 28, 1 83 1 ; married, November 22. 1855, 
Theodore Clapp Pomeroy, M. D. ; children : i. 
Mary Louise, born June 15, 1857, died October 

5, 1857: ii. and iii. Lewis Blodgett and Willis 
(twins), born June 8. 1861, Willis died April 
28, 1862, Lewis B. married Frances Kinnie, 
May 23, 1893 : iv. Harry Dwight, born May 
17, 1866, married Cora Adelia Patrick, Octo- 
ber 29. 1890, who died October 22. 1908, leav- 
ing five children : W^illiam Dwight, born at 
Phcenix, New York. April 4. 1892: Helen Eliz- 
abeth, Phcenix, February 9, 1894: Donald 
Theodore. Syracuse, December 9, 1902: Harry 
Frederick, Syracuse, February 26, 1903 ; Ed- 
ward Patrick, Rome, March 25, 1906. 6. Mary 
Louise, born April 15. 1833, died October 2, 
1862; married Rev. Ova Hoyt Seymour, May 

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-/• ^^57 '■ children: i. Franklin Miles, born 
July lo, 1858, died July 7, 1861 ; ii. Harry 
Childs, born July 6, i860, died July 8. 1861 ; 
iii. Randolph Blodgett, born July 24, 1862, 
died June 9, 1906. 

(VII) Alonzo Dwight, son of Franklin Ben- 
jamin Blodgett, was born June 14, 1825, at 
Cortland, on the farm which had previously 
been in the family for two generations. He 
was educated in the common schools, and fol- 
lowed farming on the homestead where he was 
born. He married, June 13, i860, Eleanor, 
born February 18, 1831, at Charlemont, Massa- 
chusetts, died August 23, 1902, at Cortland, 
Xew York, daughter of Obadiah and Eleanor 
Dickinson. Her father was born at Hatfield, 
Massachusetts, October 23, 1796, died at Onon- 
daga Valley. Xew York, April 23, 1879, and 
ner mother was born at Heath, Massachusetts, 
August 3, 1804, died at Onondaga \'alley, Oc- 
tober 12, 1888. Three children were born to 
them: i. Edward Dwight, see forward. 2. 
Mary Eleanor, born May 2, 1865, died Xo- 
vember 12, 1869. 3. Frank Dickinson, born 
March 29, 1871 ; married Helen Marguerita 
W^ilcox, of Oneonta, Xew York, August 18. 
1897; children: i. Marguerita, born August 
26, 1899, died December 11, 1900: ii. Doro- 
thy, born September 17, 1901 : iii. Edward 
Dickinson, born September 5, 1904 ; iv. Rich- 
ard Sheridan, born October 19, 1908. 

(VIII) Edward Dwight, .son of Alonzo 
Dwight Blodgett, was born on the homestead 
in Cortland, Xew York. March 11, 1863. The 
farm is within the corporate limits of the city 
of Cortland, about a mile from the centre of 
the city. He attended the public schools of his 
native town, and the State Xormal and Train- 
ing School at Cortland, and entered Amherst 
College, from which he was graduated with the 
degree of Bachelor of Arts in the class of 1887. 
I'or two years afterward he was city editor of 
the Cortland Standard. From 1889 to 1892 he 
was teacher of Latin and Greek in the State 
Normal and Training School at Cortland, a posi- 
tion he resigned to become secretary and treas- 
urer of the Cortland Standard Printing Com- 
pany, which publishes the Cortland Standard. 
Since then he had been associate editor of the 
daily, semi-weekly and weekly editions of this 
ncwspajjcr. In politics he is a Republican, in 
religion a member of the Presbyterian church, 
of which his grandparents were among the 
founders in 1825. He is a member of Cortland- 

ville Lodge, No. 470, Free and Accepted 

He married, June 13, 1894, Bertha Eveleth, 
daughter of Augustus Turner and Helen (Eve- 
leth) Jones, of Brockton, Massachusetts. She 
is a graduate of Wellesley College in the class 
of 1889. They have two children: Eleanor 
Dickinson, born August 18, 1896, and Edward 
Eveleth, born June 24, 1903. 

The surname Patrick is de- 

PATRICK rived like a large percentage of 
British and other surnames 
from the personal or baptismal name of an 
ancestor. The names Fitz Patrick in Ireland, 
and Kirkpatrick in .Scotland are, of course, the 
same, the prefixes of the patronymic becoming 
part of the surname. Surnames came into use 
in England and Scotland in 1 100-1200, and at 
a very early date the Patrick family surname 
is found in Ayrshire, Scotland. The Kirk- 
patricks in some branches dropped the prefix. 
Before 1200 the Kirkpatricks were promi- 
nent in Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire, 
Scotland. The Fitzpatrick family is of Irish 
origin, but among the Scotch-Irish the name is 
common. In counties Cavan. Downs and An- 
trim, in the Protestant province of Ulster, Ire- 
land, sixty-four children bearing the name of 
Fitzpatrick were born in the year 1890. The 
family of Patrick in England is also ancient. 

The origin of the surnames Kilpatrick and 
Kirkpatrick are the same. Kil or kirk nieans 
church. The early home of the Kilpatricks in 
Scotland was in Dumbartonshire and Stirling- 
shire. In 1619 Xicbolas Pynnar's survey of 
the Scottish grants made by King James of 
England in Ulster province, Ireland, shows 
that James Kilpatrick was one of the settlers 
on the fifteen thousand acre grant of Peter 
Ilenson in the jirecinct of Liffer, county Done- 
gal. Ireland, and he is presumed to be the an- 
cestor of the Scotch-Irish Kilpatricks and Pat- 
ricks who came to .America. 

Thomas Kilpatrick, born in 1674, came from 
Coleraine, county Antrim, Ireland, to Boston, 
in 1718, with nine sons and one daughter, the 
latter whom was drowned on the voyage. 
Fron: Boston he went to Wells, Maine, where 
some of his sons settled; while he and five sons 
afterward located at I'iddefnrd. Maine. This 
familv all adopted the s])clling Patrick, as far 
as known. 

Some of the Connecticut I'atricks are de- 

^Jf/onjo Q\ .^)/or/fjcff 



scendcd from Colonel Daniel Patrick, who 
came from England and settled in W'atertown 
very early, being admitted a freeman, May 18, 
1 63 1, a captain in the colonial service ; removed 
to Stamford, Connecticut, married a Dutch 

( I ) Ebenezer Patrick and his brother Will- 
iam came with the first Scotch-Irish from 
Ulster in 17 18. and settled in Connecticut. 
Ebenezer made his home at \'oluntown, Wind- 
ham county, and in 1765 he removed from 
Canaan, Connecticut, where he lived for a 
time, to Stillwater, Saratoga county, then Al- 
bany county, Kew York. He married, in Con- 
necticut, Rebecca, daughter of Rev. Robert 
Cam[)bell. Among their children was Robert, 
mentioned below. 

(II) Robert, son of Ebenezer Patrick, was 
born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, in 1760, 
died in Stillwater, Xew York, September i, 
1815. He was a soldier in the revolution and 
took part in the battle of Saratoga. He fol- 
lowed farming all his active life. He married 
(first), February 5, 1781, Elizabeth Ives, born 
1763, died November 26, 1793. He married 
(second), November 5, 1794, Sally Spaulding, 
born in 1775, died August 27, 1797. He mar- 
ried (third), November i, 1797, Polly Gilbert, 
born 1774, died March 26, 183 1. Children by 
first wife: Isaac, born December 10, 1781 ; 
Ebenezer, August 2, 1783; Nathaniel, Febru- 
aryary 10, 1785; Elias. December 17, 1786, 
died December 17, 1787; Millia, born Febru- 
ary 2, 1790: Henry, born August 26, 1791, 
died October 8. i8f)2; Chauncey, born April 
15, 1793, died February 8, 1806. Children by 
second wife: .■Kmos, born July 29, 1796: Son, 
born January, 1797. died in infancy. Children 
of third wife: Sally, born January 18, 1799, 
died May 20, 1799 ; Sarah, born June 29, 1801 ; 
Olivia, born August 25, 1803; Lydia, January 
15, 1806; James C, November 5, 1810; Mary, 

.January 15, 181 3. ^ 

^^flll) Nathaniel, son of Robert Patrick, was 
born in Stillwater, Saratoga county. New York, 
February 10, 1783, died in Truxton, New 
York, October, 1844. He came from his native 
town to Truxton in 1812, and was one of the 
early settlers there, cleared his land and fol- 
lowed farming. He married, in 1810. Pene- 
lope Potter, born May 30. 1793, died October 
4, 1870, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah 
(Hunt) Potter. Her father was one of the 
first settlers in what is now the town of Cuyler 
in 1794, afterward settled at Truxton. The 

farm he cleared is now owned and occupied by 
John W. Patrick, mentioned below. He was 
"killed by a falling tree. Children of Nathaniel 
and Penelope Patrick : Steplien : Julia A., born 
1813, died 1819; Elias, 1815; Fannie E., Oc- 
tober 13, 1816, married Joseph Hull; Hiram, 
December 31, 1818; Albert, November 2, 1820, 
died May 24, 1838: Charles, August 24, 1822; 
William K., February 16. 1824, died May 8, 
1882; Lydia M., March 21, 1826, now living 
in Syracuse, New York, widow of Alanson 
lienson: Mary, September 21, 1827, died Sep- 
tember 16, 1881, married Charles Angle ; Emily, 
April 25, 1829, died in childhood; Richard ]\I., 
May 5, 1831 ; Alfred, September 29, 1832; 
Elizabeth, June 22. 1841, died October 4, 1899, 
married Robert Patrick, of Albany, 

(IV) Stephen, son of Nathaniel Patrick, 
was born September 17, 1811, at Stillwater, 
Saratoga county ; died at Truxton, New York, 
May 9, 1890. He came to Cuyler, New York, 
with liis parents when one year old. and was 
educated in the district schools. During the 
winter he taught school for several years. 
When he came of age he entered the employ 
of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, 
and in the course of time became captain of a 
boat. He taught school also during the win- 
ters of the six years that he worked on the 
canal, having schools in the town of Kingston. 
In 1838 he purchased a farm in Cortland 
county. New York, and from that time until he 
died followed farming. In public affairs he 
was active and prominent. For many years 
he was a member of the school board, the 
duties of which in part consisted of the exami- 
nation of teachers and the visiting of the dis- 
trict schools. For many years he was assessor 
and supervisor of the town. From 1832 to 
1836 he was a prominent Whig, and later was 
one of the organizers of the Republican party 
in this section, in 1854-36. He represented 
the county in the state assembly, and while in 
the legislature he secured the passage of the 
bill to charter the Cortland Savings Rank, of 
wiiich he was a trustee from the first until he 
died, and he was generally known as the 
"Father" of the institution. He was often 
elected delegate to county and state conven- 
tions of his party, and fre(|uently presided at 
political meetings. .As a farmer he was un- 
usually successful, and kept a herd of sixty 
cows. In his later years he carried on also an 
insurance business, having tlie agencies of a 
number of life and fire insurance companies. 



He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal 

He married, in 1836, .Angehna Dickinson, 
of SulHvan county. New York, born July 20, 
1813, died December 23, 1906, daughter of 
Jesse and Matilda Dickinson. Children : Fannie 
Maria, born in 1836, died in 1837: Harriet, 
1839, died in 1841 ; Adam, 1840, died young; 
John Wesley, mentioned below; .\lvah T., De- 
cember 27, 1843, lives in Binghamton ; Harriet 
M., October 26, 1843, married Henry L. Glea- 
son, of Cortland; Richard M., December i, 
1847, died July 6, 1891 ; Eliza D., April i, 
1850, died August 21, 1900, married Edwin 
Radway ; Nathaniel B., May 28, 1852, lives in 
South Dakota ; Nellie A , May 2, 1854, mar- 
ried David Jones, of Oakland, Minnesota ; 
Nelson J., January 29, 1856, engineer on the 
Chicago & Northwestern railroad. 

(V) John Wesley, son of Stephen Patrick, 
was born in Truxton, New York, November 

21, 1841. He was educated in the public schools 
there and at Homer Academy. He enlisted at 
the very beginning of the civil war in Company 
H, Twenty-third New York Regiment of \''ol- 
unteer Infantry, and was mustered in April 
26, 1861. He served in the Army of the 
Potomac and took part in the second battle of 
Bull Run, in the battle of South Mountain, the 
battle of Antietam and al! other engagements 
in which his regiment participated. He was 
mustered out with the rank of sergeant. May 

22, 1863, and came back to the farm at Cuyler, 
which was cleared by his grandfather, Na- 
thaniel Potter, and he has resided there and 
conducted the farm ever since. He owns four 
hundred and twenty-five acres of land, and has 
nearly a hundrefl head of cattle, having fifty 
or more milch cows all the time. In politics 
he is a Republican. He has been assessor 
many years and served as supervisor of the 
town for seven years. He is a prominent 
member and a trustee of the Methodist church: 
a member of \'olney Baker Post, No. 517, 
Grand Army of the Republic. 

He married, December 12, 1866, Agnes Rob- 
bins, of St. .Andrews, Canada, daughter of 
John Wakefield and Ann (Dodd) Robbins. 
Her mother was born in England. Children : 
I. Stella A., born Jantiarv 7, 1868; married, in 
1889, Adelbert D. Theobald. 2. Wesley Bur- 
ton, December 27, 1873; educated at the State 
Normal School, at Cortland, and at Columbia 
University, and at present ]:)rincipal of the 
public schools in Orange, New Jersey ; mar- 

ried, June, 1909, Nellie A. Besse ; child, Irma 
Louise, born June 25, 1910. 3. William Kirk, 
July 4, 1884; educated in the public schools, 
graduating from the De Ruyter High School 
and the State Normal School, at Cortland ; 
now principal of the high school at Avoca. 
Steuben county. New York. 

The surname Gibbs was well known 
GIBBS in England before the emigration 
of the Puritans to America. Will- 
iam Gibbs, of Lanham, Yorkshire, England, 
for signal service to the Crown, received from 
the King of England a grant of land embracing 
a tract four miles square in the center of the 
town. Tradition says that he had three sons, 
the eldest of whom inherited the paternal estate 
and remaineil thereon; that the younger sons 
learned the trade of shijnvright, and upon 
reaching their majority received funds from 
the eldest with which to come to America. 
One tradition tells us that one of the brothers 
settled on Cape Cod, the other at Newport. 
Rhode Island. 

(I) Matthew Gibbs, one of the brothers of 
the tradition, was the immigrant ancestor of 
tinis family. He was born in England, and 
after coming to this country located at Charles- 
town, Massachusetts, where he was living 
about 1650. In 1654 he removed to Sudbury, 
Massachusetts, and settled in the district called 
Lanham, probably from his former home in 
England, having a grant of land there in 1659, 
and other grants in 1670. In 1661 he bought 
of Thomas Reed Sr. a third of a farm granted 
originally to Rev. Edmuijd Brown, near Doe- 
skin Hiil, and in 1673 and 1678 he bought 
more of the same farm. He also purchased 
Gookin and Howland, east of Indian Head. 
He died before 1697. He married, about 1651, 
Marv, daughter of Robert Bradish. His wife 
was admitted to the Charlestown church, Sep- 
temlier 23, 1632. Children: Mary, born 1653: 
Hannah, 1634; Matthew, 1635: Thomas, De- 
cember 17, 1656; Elizabeth, 1658: Thomas, 
.\pril 10, 1660; John, mentioned below. 

dl) John, son of Matthew Gibbs, was born 
at Sudbury, about 1670; lived at Lanham; died 
there, .April 2, 1718. He married (first), April 
27, 1688, Anna, daughter of Thomas Gleason. 
He married (second). May 31, i(k)4, Sarah 
Cutler, of Reading, who died at Sudbury, .Au- 
gust 31, 1723. Children of first wife : Thomas, 
born .April 19, 1689; Mercy, August 3, 169 1 ; 
John. Children by second wife: Nathaniel, 

Nl'-.W YORK. 


mentioned below; Sarah, December fi, 1701; 
Isaac; Jacob, June 25, 1704; Israel, July 11. 
1706; Ephraim, June 12, 1710, died young. 

(Ill) Nathaniel, son of John Gibbs, was 
born at Sudbury, about 1700; married Bath- 
sheba Parmenter, of Sudbury, who died in 1746. 
Children, born at Sudbury: Eunice, February 
20, 1726-27; Sybella, January 13, 1728; Bath- 
sheba, February 2, 1730-31, died 1737; Lois. 
July 12, 1732; Nathaniel, May 21, 1736, livetl 
at Sudbury ; William, mentioned below ; Jesse, 
July 4, 1744, lived in Sudbury. 

( I\' ) William, son of Nathaniel Gibbs, was 
born at Sudbury, March 8, 1740; died intestate 
at Princeton, Alassachusetts, April 25, 1770. 
He married, .-\pril 14, 1762, Joanna Gleason. 
of Lancaster. They settled at Princeton, in 
Worcester county. Children, born at Prince- 
ton : Ezra, mentioned below ; W illiam, August 
22, 1764; Alpheus, June 20, 1766; Theodore, 
August I, 1768; Joanna, June 27, 1770. W'ill- 
iam Gibbs deeded land. May, 1767, to Elijah 
Hobbs, of Weston. William Gibbs, as one of 
the heirs of Phinehas Gleason, of Rutland, 
East District (Princeton), who died Decem- 
ber 20, 1758, by virtue of his wife Joanna, a 
daughter of Phinehas, deeded land, June 12, 
1765, to John Gleason, of Princeton. Will- 
iam Gibbs, yeoman, deeded twenty-eight acres, 
the southwest end of Lot No. 8, May 17, 1763, 
to Samuel Bigelow, of Holden. Gibbs bought 
Lot No. 8, ninety-five acres, November 24, 
1759, of James Spring, of Princeton. Gibbs 
was living in Sudbury in 1759, but soon moved. 

iV) Ezra, son of William Gibbs, was born 
at Princeton, October, 1762. After the death 
of his father he had Robert Cowdin appointed 
his guardian, March 4, 1778. Children: Will- 
iam, John, Ezra and others. 

(VI) William (2), son of Ezra Gibbs, was 
born in Princeton and died at Norwich, New 
York. He settled in Norwich with his brothers 
when a young man, coming by ox team through 
the wilderness to Norwich, Chenango county. 
He married Demis Sexton, who was born in 
1800. Children: William Emerson; Adelia, 
njarried George Thompson ; Henry, lives at 
Princeton, Illinois ; Eliza, second wife of 
George Thompson ; Harlan P., lives in Minne- 

(VII) William Emerson, son of William 
(2) Gibbs, was born at Norwich, January- 31, 
1829; died while living with his son in Homer, 
New York, June 23, 1910. He was educated 
in the public schools and at Gilbertville Acad- 

emy, and for a time was in the mercantile busi- 
ness in Norwich. He owned a tannery at 
South New Berlin, New York, for several 
years. He retired with a competence twenty 
years before he died, and resided at Homer, 
New York. In ])olitics he was a Republican, 
and he held various town offices. In religion 
he was a Presbyterian, and \vas superintendent 
of the Simday school. He married, June 13. 
1858, Myra Carpenter, born at New Berlin. 
-New York, May 27, 1833, daughter of Cyril 
and Lucina E. ( Edwards ) Carpenter. Chil- 
dren: I. Gratia .\delia, born April 16, 1859. 
died February 14, 1861. 2. Mary Eliza, born 
October 21, 1862 ; married Theodore L. (jarnett. 
of Homer, and has one child, Elsie M. (Harnett. 
3. Andrew William, mentioned below. 4. Ben- 
jamin C. born May 27, 1872, a traveling sales- 
man, living in (juilford. New York. 

{ \TII ) Andrew William, son of William 
Emerson Gibbs, was born at Guilford, Chen- 
ango county. New York, September 14, 1865. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town and at Oxford Academy. He en- 
gaged in business in 1894, in partnership with 
his brother. Benjamin C. Gibbs, under the firm 
name of Gibbs Ikothers at Johnstown, New 
York, dealers in men's furnishings. After 
four years he came to Homer, New York, 
where in 1901 he entered partnership with 
D. D. Newton in the manufacture of shirts 
and woolen goods, under the firm name of 
Newton & Company. M. A. Whiting was the 
third partner in the company. This concern 
manufactures the cloth from which it makes 
shirts, and since 1910 has been making fish 
lines in another factory under the same man- 
agement. In politics he is a Republican, and 
he has been assessor of the town of Homer. 
He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, of 
Johnstown, and of the Congregational church, 
of Homer. 

He married, November 18, 1896, Bessie E. 
Watkins, born in Cortland, New York, daugh- 
ter of Adclbert H. and Eve (Howe) Watkins. 
Children : Marion Esther, born July 29, 1899 : 
Marjorie Adelaide, March 19, 1901 ; Alice 
Watkins, .\pril 22, 1906. 

Robert C. Wilson was born May 
WILSON 7, 1846. during the voyage of 

his parents to this country from 
northern Ireland. His family settled in Con- 
stable, New York, and he was educated there 
in the public schools, and engaged in farming. 

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and later in the mercantile business in that 
town. He is a prominent and pubhc-spirited 
citizen, active in public affairs, and one of the 
best known and most popular men of the com- 
numity. In politics he is a Republican, and he 
is postmaster at Constable. He is a breeder 
of Holstein-Friesian cattle, and with his son, 
Frank R. Wilson, is a proprietor of St. Law- 
rence Valley Farms. He is an Odd Fellow. 
He married Sylvia Hastings, born September 
3, 1845, daughter of Harvey and Lucy (Dud- 
ley) Hastings, of Constable (see Hastings). 
Children : Herbert J. and Frank R. 

(II) Herbert J., son of Robert C. Wilson, 
was born at Constable, Franklin county, New 
York, March 18, 1871. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native town, graduated from 
Franklin Academy in 1890, from Dartmouth 
College, with the degree of bachelor of science. 
in 1894, and from the Albany Law School in 
1897. He was admitted to the bar July 6, 
1897. In politics he is a Republican, and he 
has been active in public life and has filled 
various offices of public trust. In 1898-99 he 
was clerk of the board of supervisors of Frank- 
lin county, New York. Since 1900 he has re- 
sided and practiced his profession in Fulton, 
New York. From 1902 to 1906 he was city 
judge, the first to hold that office. He was 
corporation council in 1901. He is a member 
of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and of the Phi 
Beta Kappa Society, of Neatawanta Lodge of 
Odd Fellows, of Fulton, and of the Macca- 
bees. He is an attendant of the First Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church, and clerk of the offi- 
cial board. He married, July 6, 1899, \'eda 
M. Lyon, born December 13, 1870, daughter 
of Nelson and Minnie E. Lyon, of IMalone. 
New York. She was born at Springfield, \'er- 
mont. They have one child, Harvia Hastings, 
born at Fulton, December 23, 1900. 

(II) Frank R., son of Robert C. and Sylvia 
(Hastings) Wilson, was born at Constable, 
New York, January 25, 1877. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools and at Franklin 
Academy. He is a Republican in politics, and 
is assistant jjosstmaster at Constable. He is 
associated with Robert C. Wilson, his father, 
in farming and in mercantile business and 
in the breeding of Holstein-Friesian cattle, as 
proprietors of St. Lawrence Valley Farms. He 
is an Odd Fellow. He married Bessie D, 
Elliot, daughter of Seymour Elliot, of Bom- 
bay, New York. No children. 

(The Hastings Line). 

The name Hastings is well known in his- 
tory, and the race to which it applies is of 
Danish origin. In the early days of the Brit- 
ish Kingdom the Danes made frequent incur- 
sions upon that part of England and Scotland 
bordering upon the North Sea. It was in one 
of these incursions that Hastings, a Danish 
chief, made himself formidable to Alfred the 
Great by landing a large body of men upon the 
coast. He took possession of a portion of 
Sussex, and the castle and seaport of Hastings 
were held by his family when William the 
ConcjueroT landed in England, and they held 
it from the crown for many generations. 

The first of the family to enjoy the peerage 
was Henry, Lord Hastings, son of William de 
Hasting, Steward of Henry II.; the steward- 
ship was hereditary. They were allied by 
marriage to the royal family of England and 
Scotland. George, third Lord Hastings, was 
in 1529 created Earl of Huntingdon. Sir Henry 
and George Hastings, grandsons of the Earl 
of Huntingdon, hail sons who became Puritans 
and were obliged by persecution to leave their 
native land and find homes in the new world. 
As early as 1634 we find Thomas Hastings 
and wife had arrived on this shore, and in 
1638 John and family had followed. That 
they were brothers was a tradition in the fam- 
ily ; but it has never been clearly shown, and 
it is more probable that they were cousins. 
Thomas was a descendant of the Earl of 
Huntingdon, as shown by the coat-of-arms. 

The arms of Hastings, of which there is an 
ancient painting still preserved, are quarterly : 
A black maunch-sleeve df an ancient robe, on a 
white field. The arms of France and England 
quarterly : A red lion rampant, on a field of 
gold, being the ancient arms of Scotland. 
Barry of ten pieces, blue and white, with eight 
red martlets, swallows of Palestine, for de 
\'alence. The maunch in the Hastings arms 
was given to show the office of hereditary 
steward to the King of England. The arms 
of France and England denote him as one of 
the heirs of the Plautagenets by marriage with 
the IVincess Ida. The arms of Sci>tland was 
given him as representing King David the 
Lion, by the Earl of Huntingdon, who married 
David's daughter, and was thus coheir. The 
arms of \'alence signify a series of honorable 
distinctions which the martlets indicate were 
won in Palestine — The Holv I.and — and were 



taken frrmi tlie heiress of the Duke of X'alence 
in France. Crest : A black bull's head crown- 
ed with a ducal coronet of gold. It indicates 
determination and perseverance. Motto: "In 
I'critatc J'ictoria" — "In Truth There is Vic- 

( I ) Thomas Hastings, the nnniigrant an- 
cestor, was born in England, in 1605. Thomas, 
aged twenty-nine, and his wife Susanna, aged 
thirty- four, embarked at Ipswich, England, 
April 10, 1634, in the ship "Elizabeth," Will- 
iam Andrews, master, for New England. He 
settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, where 
he was admitted freeman May 6, 1635. He 
owned land in Dedham. 1635-36, but never 
lived there. He was selectman, 1638-43, 1650- 
71; town clerk, 1671-77-80: deputy to general 
court, 1673, and long held the office of deacon 
of the church. His wife Susanna died Febru- 
ary 2, 1650, and he married (second) Mar- 
garet, daughter of William and Martha Cheney, 
of Roxbury. She was the mother of his chil- 
dren. He owned many farms and lots. The 
west side of School street, called Hill street, 
was his residence. He died in 1685. His will 
was dated March 12, 1682-83, ^"d proved Sep- 
tember 7, 1685. The inventory amounted to 
£421. Children: Thomas, born July i, 1652: 
John, mentioned below : William, August 8, 
1655, drowned August, 1669; Joseph, Septem- 
ber II, 1657; Benjamin, August 9, 1659: Na- 
thaniel, September 25, 1661 : Hepsibah, Janu- 
ary 31, 1663: Samuel, March 12, 1665. 

( II ) John, son of Thomas Hastings, was 
born in Watertown, March i, 1654. He tnar- 
ried, June 18, 1679, Abigail, daughter of Lieu- 
tenant John and Abigail Hammond, of Water- 
town, born June 21, 1656, died April 7, 1718. 
In 1690 her father's assessment was the largest 
in town, and she received from his estate what 
was in those days considerable projierty. John 
Hastings lived in that part of Watertown which 
in 1737 was set ofif as Waltham. He died 
March 28, 1718, and both he and his wife 
were buried in Waltham. Children : Abigail, 
married, 1699. John Warren, of Weston : Jolin ; 
Elizabeth : Hepsibah ; William ; Samuel, whose 
two sons were at Lexington Common, April 
19' 1775. snd one of them Isaac, among the 
volunteers at the capture of Burgoyne ; 
Thomas ; Joseph, mentioned below. 

(III) Joseph, son of John Hastings, was 
baptized July 10, 1699, and married, October 
2, 1716, Lydia, daughter of Captain Abraham 
and Mary (Hyde) Brown. Her father and 

mother had fourteen children. Lydia died and 
Joseph Hastings married (second), January 
16, 17(59, Sarah, daughter of Deacon Isaac and 
Elizabeth Stearns. The homestead where he 
lived and died was on the old Trapoli road, 
niiw called North street. He was selectman 
of Waltham, 1748. He died March 23, 1783. 
Children: I. Elizabeth. 2. Lydia. 3. Grace. 
4. Joseph, mentioned below. 5. Child, died in 
infancy. 6. Lucy. 7. Josiah, selectman and 
assessor at time of the revolution. 8. Jonas. 
9. Susanna. 10. Eliphalet, soldier in the 
French and Indian war, taken prisoner af Fort 
William Henry, Lake Ceorge, .August. 1757; 
sent to Canada, then to France, and lodged in 
the Rochelle prison, where he remained about 
a year : exchanged and sent to England ; joined 
expedition to Canada under General Wolfe, 
was at the taking of Quebec in 1759, and 
assisted in carrying General Wolfe, when 
mortally w<.iunded. to the rear: he returned 
to Waltham : volunteered at the breaking out 
of the revolution, was commissioned captain, 
and became a pensioner ; died in Framingham, 
1824, aged ninety: had eleven children. 11. 
Thankful, married Elnathan Allen. 12. Sarah. 
13. Child, died young. 14. Lois. 

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Joseph ( i ) Hast- 
ings, was born June i, 1722, and married in 
Waltham, July 10, 1744, by Rev. Warham 
Williams, the former's cousin Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer and Ruth ( Phillips ) Hastings, 
of W^atertown. She died March 23, 1808. aged 
eighty-four. He removed from Watertown to 
Shrewsbury a few years after his marriage. 
During the latter part of his life he was very 
deaf, and when at church sat in the pulpit, 
using an ear trumpet which extended to the 
preacher's mouth. He died February i, 1805. 
Children : Hannah, Joseph, was a soldier in 
the revolution, 1777, under Captain John May- 
died 1846, was a revolutionary pensioner; 
nard : Isaac, mentioned below ; Martha ; Tonas, 
Ezra; Ruth, married John Brocas ; Lydia, 
married Elmer, son of Colonel Job and Lucy 
Gushing, lived first in Shrewsbury, in 1787, 
removed to Stanstead, Canada, two children — 
John Prentiss, .\rtemas. 

(\') Isaac, son of Joseph (2) Hastings, was 
born in Shrewsbury, April 5, 1751, and died 
September 25, 1831. He married, in 1775, 
Sarah Goddard, of Petersham, Massachusetts. 
She died November 11, 1804, and he married 
(second) Sarah Whipple, of Grafton, born 
October 19, 1773. He settled in Warwick,. 



Massachusetts. Children of first wife: i. Han- 
nah, born 1776. 2. Joel. August 2^, 1778; 
married C)live Hutchins, of Winchester, New 
Hampshire ; had five children ; he was father 
of the late Charles Hastings, of Malone, Xew 
York, and grandfather of Herbert Hasting.s 
and Dr. C. A. Hastings, of Constable, and of 
Clara, wife of Dr. H. H. Reynolds, of Malone. 
3. Sarah, died May 15, 1827, aged forty-six 
years. 4. Isaac (twin), born March 29, 1783. 
died 1827. 5. Rebecca (twin). March 29, 1783: 
married Luther Wheeler, of Grafton: had 
three" children. 6. Submit, married Lincoln 
Rawson, of Richmond, Massachusetts ; had 
twelve children. 7. Hannah, married Eben- 
ezer Stearns, of Warwick ; had five children. 
8. Lydia. 9. Caleb. 10. Joseph, mentioned 
below. 1 1. Child, died in infancy. 12. Clarissa. 
Child of second wife: 13. Daniel, January 22. 
1807, died 1888: married Experience Leonard, 
of Warwick ; children : Nathan, and Samuel, 
town clerk of Warwick, 1908. 

(VI) Joseph (3). son of Isaac Hastings, 
was born December 11, 1793, and married, 
IMarch 2y. 1817, Cynthia Hutchins, of Eden, 
Vermont, lx)rn October 2, 1798. She was 
granddaughter of James Harwood, who served 
in the revolution. The latter's great-great- 
grandson. Dr. W. H. Harwood, of Chasm 
Falls, New York, has been for forty years 
engaged in genealogical research. They set- 
tled in Constable, New York. Children: i. 
Lydia, born April 13, 1818; died February, 
1871 : married Aaron Stowers, January 29, 
1840; no children. 2. Harriet, July 21, 1819, 
died June 21, 1846; married, November 28, 
1839, Alfred Bassett ; children: Sylvanus, 
served in the civil war. Company I, from 
Malone, Joel J. Seaver, captain, wounded and 
discharged September, 1865, died December 
30, 1882; Asa, also served in the war, in same 
company, killed in battle. May 3, 1863. 3. 
Harvey, mentioned below. 4. George D., Feb- 
ruary 20, 1823: died in Constable, April i, 
1895 ; married. May 2, 1847, Mary Blanchard ; 
five daughters: .Alta, married J. N. .Aubrey, 
of Constable ; Hattie, married C. W. Howell, 
of Constable ; .^nna, married Albern Aubrey, 
of Constable: Lillian, married Dr. Warren 
Brand, of Burke, Xew York ; Georgia, married 
Asa Harmon, of Constable. 5. Clarissa, May 
23, 1825, died February 13. 1903; married 
George T-^earl, of Burke; one daughter, Mary, 
married Millard Pike, of P.urke. 6. Emcrv. 
September 30, 1827, died September i, 1858; 

married, March 22, 1853, Mary Whipple ; chil- 
dren : Emery, Fanny : he was a physician and 
settled in DeKalb, New York. 7. Isaac, May 
5. 1829, died in LaFayette, Indiana; married 
M. Ann Wicks, of Gasport, New York, Au- 
gust 17, 1853; one daughter, Clara, who died. 
8. Sarah J\laria, February 27, 1831 ; married 
James S. Dudley, of Constable ; children : Har- 
vey J., of Malone; George K., of Constable; 
Eva B., married Sheridan Beebee, of Con- 
stable ; Clara \^, married LeRoy I'uelkof Con- 
stable. 9. Joseph. March 30, 1833, died in 
Palermo, Kansas, February 6, 1899; married, 
in Indiana. Alvira Fisk, of DeKalb; two chil- 
dren : Frank, and Ida, both of whom were liv- 
ings in 1908, in New Mexico ; he was a physi- 
cian, and settled in Palermo. 10. Alfred, Oc- 
tober 13, 1835 ; married, November 2, 1857, 
Mary O. Bullock, of Moira, New York ; she 
died February 6, 1900, and he married ( sec- 
ond ) Mrs. Louisa Babcock, of Burke; two 
children — Fred C, died April 20, 1894, aged 
thirty-five years ; Cynthia, married A. E. Bee- 
bee, of McMillan. Wisconsin. Alfred served 
in the civil war, enlisted August 23, 1864, in 
Company C, from Malone, Third New York 
Cavalry, organized at Rochester, New York ; 
was at the battle of Chapin's Farm, September 
29, 30, 1864; afterwards ill for many weeks 
at liampton Hospital, Fortress Monroe, Vir- 
ginia ; discharged under Colonel George W. 
Lewis, June 10, 1865; his regiment served in 
First Brigade, Kautz's Division of Cavalry, 
Army of the James. 11. Cynthia, September 
2, 1837; married, November 2, 1857, Willis 
Bullock, of Moira; settled in Wayne town- 
ship, Doniphan county, Kansas ; children : Dr. 
Frank, of Forest City, Missouri ; \\'ill. of 
Nodaway, Missouri ; Dr. Eugene, of South St. 
Joseph, Alissouri ; Aaron, of South St. Joseph, 
Missouri ; Joseph, of Nodaway ; Ella, married 
G. A. Ricklefs, of Bendena, Kansas. 12. 
James M.. March 30, 1840; married (first) 
Margaret Ross, of Lancaster, Canada ; she 
died in 1887, and he married (second) Elsie 
Brockway. of Bangor. 13. Polly Irene, .\pril 
14, 1842, died December 14, 1858. 14. DeWitt 
C, December 30. 1844; married Rebecca Will- 
meth ; children : Clinton ; Ada, married E. G. 
Winzor, of Doniphan; George; Blaine; the 
latter two died in childhood ; he settled in 
Wayne, Kansas. 

( VII ) Harvey, son of Joseph Hastings, was 
born .April 26, 182 1, and died in Constable, 
October 25, 1900. He married, December 26, 



1844, Lucy Dudley, of Constable. Child, 
Sylvia, married R. C. W'ilson, of Constable 
(see Wilson). 

James Hillick was a native of 

HILLICK the north of Ireland, lie came 
to this country when a young 
man, about 1820, and located at Ithaca, New 
York. Among his children was Mugh, men- 
tioned below. 

(11) Hugh, son of James Hillick, was born 
in 1825, and died in 1865. He resided at 
Ithaca. He married Maria Phillips, who died 
in 1871, aged about forty-two years. Chil- 
dren: I. Charles, died in 1892; was a book- 
binder at Ithaca, also served as city clerk of 
Ithaca. 2. William P., see forward. 3. James, 
a conductor, employed by the Lehigh \'alley 
railroad, resides at Seneca, New York. 

(HI) William P., son of Hugh Hillick. was 
born December 9, 1853. He was educated in 
the public schools of Ithaca. The first two 
years of his business life he spent in Ithaca, at 
the jewelers and opticians trade, and later 
worked at the same trade in Syracuse. From 
1879 to 1892 he wofked indejiendently in Ful- 
ton, New York, then went to Syracuse and 
remained there until 1892, when he finally re- 
turned to Fulton, and has been in business in 
that town ever since. From 1894 to 1902 he 
was town clerk, was village clerk for six years, 
city cliairman 1902-05. He married Mattic 
Sheridan, born in Whitby. Canada, daughter 
of Dennis and Debora (Foster) Sheridan. 
Children: William S., mentioned below. Fred- 
erick, James, Erma, Clara, Blanche, Sarah, 
Lucy. In politics Mr. Hillick is a Republican. 
He is a member of Hiram Lodge, No. 144. 
Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Benev- 
olent and Protective Order of Elks. 

(IV) William S., son of William P. Hillick, 
was born at Fulton, New York, April 7. 1879. 
He attended the public schools of his native 
town and graduated from the Fulton high 
school. He studied law in the office of Piper 
& Rice, of Fulton, and was admitted to the 
bar in November, 1901. Since then he has 
been in active and successful practice in that 
town, and has advanced rapidly to a position 
of prominence at the bar of the county. In 
1903-04 he was corporation counsel for the 
city of Fulton and had charge of important 
litigations then pending. In religion Mr. Hil- 
lick is a Presbyterian. In politics he is a Re- 

publican, and is a member of the State and 
County Bar associations. 

William S. Hillick married, December 28, 
1904, Katharine Nodecker, born August 6, 
1883, daughter of Peter and Jennie Nodecker, 
of Cortland, New York. They have one child : 
Joseph Dennis, born January 6. 1909. 

Albert Andriese Bradt ( also spell- 
BRADT ed Bratt), and his brother, Arent 

Andriese Bradt, were early set- 
tlers at .Albany among the Dutch pioneers. 
.\rent Bradt located at Schenectady in 1662, 
and is progenitor of most of the Bradt families 
of that city and vicinity. Albert located per- 
manently in Albany. Some of the .\lbany 
family were Lutherans, but most of them have 
belonged to the Dutch church. The Bradts 
were probably born in Holland, but were called 
"Normans," and occasionally "Swedes," the 
ancestry probably being P'rench-Norman. Al- 
bert .Andriese Bradt "de Noorman," as he was 
generally called, owned a farm and mill on the 
Norman's Kill, which took its name from him. 
In 1672 his son Parent succeed to the mill 
]3roperty, and in 1677 1 eunis Slingerland suc- 
ceeded to the lease of Albert Bardt's farm. 
Albert died, according to Dr. O'Callaghan, June 
7, 1686, "ecu I'an dc audstc en ccrstc inti.'oon- 
dcrs dcr Colonie Rc'iissclaersz<.'yck." He mar- 
ried (first) Annetje Barentse \'an Rotmers, 
who died in 1662. He married again, but 
his second marriage ended unhappily : the 
governor gave an order, October 24, 1670, 
for the separation of Albert A. Bradt and 
Geertruy \'osburgh, "because of strife and 
difference that hath arisen between them." 
Children of first wife: Barent of Albany; Eva, 
married Antony de Hooges, and (second) 
Roelff Swartwout, of Esopus ; Storm, alias 
Storm Albertse Vanderzee ; Gissetie, married 
Jan \'an Eechelen ; Andries, mentioned below ; 
Jan, of Catskill, in 1720; Dirck, of Albany. 

(II) Andries Albertse, son of Albert An- 
driese Bradt, was called "de Sweed" and "de 
Noorman." In 1683 he owned sawmills on 
the Wynantskie river. In 1730 he owned a 
lot of land on the east side of Pearl street. 
Albany, between Beaver and Hudson streets. 
He married Cornelia Teunise Vervey (Van 
Wie or \'ernoy, otherwise spelled). He mar- 
ried (second) W'yntie Rosa, who was buried 
December 24. 1742. ( Bans published Septem- 
ber 18, 1708). Children, born at .Albany, with 



dates of baptism: Annetje, December 17, 1694; 
Maritje, August i, 1697; Effie, January 7, 
1700: Teunis, January 27, 1703: Barent, April 
7, 1706. Children of second wife: Maria, Sep- 
tember 1. 1709; Hillege, June 30, 1718; Mar- 
guerita, April 3, 1720; Albert, mentioned 
below; Geertruy, May 3, 1724: Catharina, 
January 2, 1725. 

(III) Albert, son of Andries Albertse Bradt, 
was born at Albany, in 1722, baptized Febru- 
ary 28, 1722. He married there, November 
24, 1743. Anna Carel. Children, born at Al- 
bany (baptismal dates) : Andries, at Sche- 
nectady, October 7, 1744; Catharina, April 24, 
1748; Wyntie, March 31, 1751; Catarina, No- 
vember II, 1753; Jan and Hendricks, twins, 
June 12, 1757. 

(IV) Hendrick, or Henry, son of Albert 
Bradt, was born in Albany, and baptized June 
12, 1757. He was a soldier in the revolution 
in the Albany county regiment of Colonel 
Philip B. Schuyler, and his name appears on 
the list of Albany county soldiers entitled to 
land bounty. He married Maritje Arnold. 

(V) Albert, son of Henry Bradt, was born 
at Albany, June 15, 1779. He owned a men's 
furnishing store in Alban\' and was a deputy 
sheriff of the county. 

f \'I ) Hiram, son of Albert Bradt, was born 
in Albany, and died at North Hannibal, Febru- 
ary, 1904, at the advanced age of ninety-three 
years. He was educated in the public schools, 
and learned the trade of tailor. He worked 
at his trade in Albany until he removed to Ira, 
where he continued the business until he came 
to North Hannibal in 1863, when he engaged 
in farming. He was justice of the peace in 
the towns of Ira and Hannibal, New York, 
for many years, and collector of taxes of the 
town of Hannibal. In religion he was a Pres- 
byterian. He married Mary Ann Van Wie. 
Children: Albert; William J.; Edgar II.; 
Emily, married Fred Stark: Alfred P., men- 
tioned below. 

(VII) Alfred P., son of Hiram Bradt, was, 
born in the town of Ira, New York, May 23, 
1831, and was educated in the public schools 
of I lannibal. 1 Ic was for a time associated with 
his father in market gardening and farming, 
but was early in life attracted by the news- 
paper business, and as a boy corresponded for 
several newspapers in this section. At the age 
of twenty-two he bought the newspaper — the 
Hannibal RctcHIc — of his brother Albert, in 
Hannibal, and conducted it for two years. In 

1 88 1 he sold this business and came to Oswego 
Falls, now Fulton, Ncav York, and established 
TIw Observer, a weekly newspaper, which he 
has conducted to the present time with flatter- 
ing success. For the past eight years it has been 
vigorous in support of temperance and pro- 
hibition policies, and is the official organ of the 
Prohibition party in Oswego county. Mr. 
Bradt not only gives to the Prohibition party 
the support of his newspaper but contributes 
freely to the county, state and national com- 
mittees, and in every way in his power furthers 
the cause of temperance and total abstinence, 
and all other movements for moral and polit- 
ical reform. He has been nominated twice by 
his party for assemblyman. He was the first 
pubHsher in the county to install the Mergen- 
thaler linotype machine in his printing office, 
and his paper is on the list of Select County 
\\'eeklies of the State of New York. He has 
built up a flourishing printing business and the 
circulation of the newspaper has shown a 
healthy growth. The edition is now eighteen 
hundred copies. Mr. Bradt is a member of 
Neatawanta Lodge, No. 245, of Odd Fellows. 
and of the Chamber of Commerce, of which 
he has been a director and vice-president. He 
married, in 1872, Phoebe A. Cox, born in 
Granby. New York, daughter of Martin Cox, 
of North Hannibal, New York. They have no 

Mrs. Bradt has been of material assistance 
to her husband in the establishment and con- 
duct of The Observer, in its earlier develop- 
ment, being a capable and efficient writer, con- 
tributing much toward placing the paper in the 
position it occupies in the journalistic world. 
She is an active member of Kayendatsyana 
Chapter, No. yj, Daughters of the .American 
Revolution, having filled the office of secretary 
and is the press reporter of the chapter. She 
gains admission to the Daughters of the .Amer- 
ican Revolution through her paternal great- 
grandfather, William Cox. Her grandfather, 
John Co.x, served in the war of 1812, while her 
father, Martin M. Cox, served in the civil war. 

Robert Morse, immigrant ances- 
MORSE tor, was born in England and 

came to Massachusetts. He lived 
at Boston, Newbury and Rowley, in that col- 
ony, and finally settled in Woodbridge or Eliz- 
abethtown. New Jersey. He married (first) 

Elizabeth . He married (second), at 

Boston, October 30, 1654, Ann Lewis. The 



name is spelled both Morse and AIoss and in 
other ways. Children : Abraham ; James, born 
1644; Elizabeth, September 25, 1055; Robert, 
mentioned below ; Mary, February 25, 1657- 
58; Danghter, December 16, 1660; Lydia, July 
13, 1662; Sarah, x^pril 28, 1665; Peter, of 

(II) Robert (2), son of Robert (i) Morse, 
was born February I, 1656-57. He resided 
at Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Children : Rob- 
ert. Amos, Peter, Joseph, Joshua and Peter. 

(III) Joseph, son of Robert (2) Morse, 
lived near Bridgeton, New Jersey. Children : 
Joseph, born May 31, 1709. died August 25, 
1779; Amos, born 1712, lived in Rahway ; 
David, died young. 

(V) David Morse or Moss, believed to be a 
great-grandson of Robert (II). The history of 
Cuyler, New York, states that he came from 
New Jersey and settled on Lot 87, now in part 
covered by the village of Cuyler. He was a 
soldier in the revolution and died at Cuyler in 
1844, aged eighty-three years. According to 
the census of 1790 a David Morse was living 
at W'arwick, Orange county. New York, and 
had in his family two sons under sixteen and 
four females (see "History of Cortland Coun- 
ty" and census of 1 790). David Morse settled 
in Cuyler in 1792. He received a grant of 
six hundred acres of land from the govern- 
ment for his service in the war. Cuyler was 
then a part of Fabius in Montgomery county, 
afterward part of Solon, Onondaga county and 
later Truxton, Cortland county, and finally 
Cuyler, Cortland county. When he came the 
place was still a wilderness and without roads. 
He came in a canoe up the river and was one 
of the first settlers. He built a log cabin on 
the present site of Eugene Morse's barn and 
the family has in its possession the original 
deed dated 1790 and signed by Governor Clin- 
ton. Children, born in New Jersey: Philip, 
John, Deborah, Benjamin and Susan. Born 
in New York state : William, mentioned below ; 
David, Polly, Joseph. 

(VI) William, son of David Morse, was 
born in what is now Cuyler, Cortland county, 
New York, in 1793-94, died in Illinois, in 1854. 
He was a farmer in his younger days on the 
homestead, and his later years were spent in 
Illinois. He married Betsey Hills who is de- 
scended from an old Connecticut family. Chil- 
dren, born in Cuyler: Adeline, married Levi 
Tongue; William Addison, mentioned below: 

Warren, resides in Cuyler ; Betsey, married 
William Gage and lives in Iowa. Children by 
a second wife, born in Illinois: Alcan, Mari- 
ette, Eldorette, Ruth, Arthur, all living in the 

(VII) William Addison, son of William 
Morse, was born in Cuyler, September 2, 1827, 
died April 22, 1910. He was educated in the 
public schools and followed farming on the 
homestead cleared by his grandfather. He 
took a keen interest in the affairs of his native 
town and held the office of assessor and other 
places of trust and honor. He married, De- 
cember 31, 1850, Maria Hamilton, born in 
Otsego county. New York, in 1828, died at 
Cuyler in 1904, daughter of Thomas Hamilton. 
Children, born in Cuyler: Eugene, mentioned 
below; Elba, born September 5, 1853: married 
John McAllister, of Cortland ; William, died 
in Illinois; Ida, born June 15, 1857, married S. 
F. Brown, of Cortland. 

(\'III) Eugene, son of William Addison 
Morse, was born in Cuyler, New York, Janu- 
ary 23, 1852, on the homestead. He received 
his early education in the public schools of his 
native town and at DeRuyter Academy. He 
was a clerk in the railway mail service in 
1888-89 ^"d from 1890 to 1892 was engaged in 
the grocery business. Since then he has con- 
ducted the homestead on which his great- 
grandfather settled. He has two hundred 
acres of land in the village of Cuyler and has a 
dairy of forty cows. On the spot where his 
great-grandfather erected the first log house in 
1792, he has recently built a large new barn. 
In many ways his farm is a model, scientifically 
conducted and highly productive. Mr. Morse 
is town clerk of Cuyler and has held various 
other offices of trust and responsibility in the 
town. He is a director of the Patrons Fire 
Relief Association and a member of DeRuyter 
Lodge, No. 692, Free and Accepted Masons, 
of DeRuyter; of Cuyler Grange, No. 449, 
Patrons of Husbandry ; of DeRuyter Lodge. 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In relig- 
ion he is a Methodist and he is a trustee of the 
Cuyler Methodist Episcopal Church. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. 

He married, December 17, 1878, Adella 
Thompson, of McGraw, New York, daughter 
of James C. and Mariette (Corwin) Thomp- 
son, granddaughter of Luther Thompson. Mr. 
and Mrs. Morse have no children, but have 
adopted a son, William A., born in 1907. 



William Shattuck, the im- 
SHATTUCK migrant ancestor, was born 

in England, in 1622, and 
died in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he 
was an early settler, August 14, 1672, at the 
age of fifty. He was a proprietor of Water- 
town in 1642, and had then a homestall of one 
acre and a small lot of upland. He bought of 
Joseph Clough, tailor, and Susan, his wife, 
his house and garden, also thirty acres of up- 
land, bounded on the east by W'illiam f'aine 
and E. Gofife, north by Joseph Morse, west and 
.south by highwa}-. He bought besides twenty- 
five acres of upland, three acres of swamp 
land, and one-third part of twelve acres of 
meadow. He was a weaver as well as a plant- 
er, and gave evidence of being man of prop- 
erty and good social position. His grave in 
the Watertown cemetery was marked in 1853 
by the genealogist, Lemuel Shattuck, also the 
grave of his son John. William Shattuck's 
will, dated August 3, 1672, mentioned wife 
Susanna, sons John, Philip, William, Benja- 
min and Samuel, son-in-law Samuel Church. 
The inventory included his house and land, 
farm at Stoney Brook, and four acres of pond 
meadow, altogether valued at £204. He died 
August 14, 1672. He married, 1642, Susanna 

, who married (second), November 18, 

1673, Riciiard .\orcross. She died December 
II, 1686. Children: Susanna, torn ir>43 : 
Mary, August 25, 1645, married Jonathan 
Brown ; John, mentiontnl below ; Phili]). Ixjrn 
1648 ; Joanna, born about 1650, died April 4, 
1673, unmarried; William, 1653; Rebecca, 
165s; Abigail, 16^7; Benjamin, February 2S: 

ill) John, son of William Shattuck, was 
born in Watertown, Massachusetts, February 
II, 1647. He owned land in Groton, but it is 
not known that he ever lived there. He was a 
carpenter by trade, and lived in the middle 
district of Watertown, now the center village 
of Watertown. In 1669 he ran the mill on 
Charles river, located near where the road 
from Watertown to Newton Centre now 
crosses the river. He gave his life for his 
country in King Philip's war. He was a ser- 
geant in Captain Richard Beers' comjiany of 
Watertown. They marched to the relief of 
Hadley, in western Massachusetts, but were 
diverted by a report that the Indians had at- 
tacked Northfield. On their way thither they 
were attacked by a large force of Indians and 
narrowly escaped annihilation. Out of thirty- 

six only sixteen escaped with their lives. Cap- 
tain Beers was among the slain. Shattuck was 
chosen to make the lonesome and perilous 
journey to Boston to inform the governor of 
the state of affairs and of the result of the 
skirmish. In ten days he arrived safely at 
Charlestown, but, while crossing the ferry, the 
boat, overloaded with horses and other freight, 
was upset by the waves and foundered. He 
was the only man drowned by the accident. 
He married, June 20, 1664, in his eighteenth 
year, Ruth, daughter of John and Elinor Whit- 
ney, the immigrant ancestor, and a prominent 
New England family. She was born in Water- 
town, April 5, 1645, and married (second), 
Alarch (\ i(>//. Enoch Lawrence, son of John. 
In 1678 she with her second husband and the 
Shattuck children removed to Groton, and 
occupied John Shattuck's land there. Enoch 
Lawrence died in Groton, September 28, 1744. 
aged ninety-five years six months twenty-three 
days. Children of John Shattuck : John, born 
June 4, 1666: Ruth, June 24, ift>8: William, 
mentioned below. Children of Ruth Shattuck 
Lawrence: Nathaniel, Daniel, Zachery and 

(Ill) William, son of John Shattuck, was 
born at Watertown, September 11, 1670, and 
died at Groton, in 1744. He resided in Gro- 
ton. a little to the south of the house built by 
his grandson. Job Shattuck, near Wattle's 
I'ond. He lived in Groton with his mother 
and stepfather, Enoch Lawrence, in 1678, and 
returned to Watertown about 1688, residing 
there fourteen years. In 1691 he was select- 
man of Watertown. The town voted to pro- 
vide for his family iu 1690, when he was away 
in the war, half the cost to be from the town, 
half from the county treasury, to be paid his 
uncle William .Shattuck. He had a grant of 
a lot near Patch's meadow on his return from 
the service, and was given the privilege of 
cutting timber from the common land. In 
1702 he bought land in Groton and removed 
thither, but the Indian troubles soon caused 
him to consider leaving that town, and his wife 
and children actually did remove to Water- 
town in 1707, and lived in the family of John 
Barnard Jr. He deeded land to his son Will- 
iam, October 21, 1716. His son John was his 
administrator. His inventory was dated June 
I. 1744, and his estate divided in 1747. He 
married (first), at Watertown, March 19, 
1688, Hannah L^nderwood, of Watertown; 
(second). .March 24, 1719, Deliverance Pease, 



who survived him. He and liis wives were 
iiU'iiibers of the church. Children: WilHaiii, 
mentioned below ; Hannah, born i6yo, married 
Nathaniel Blood ; Daniel, born 1692 ; Ruth, 
1694, married Abraham Nutting; John, 1696 

(I\) William (2), son of William (i) 
Shattuck, was born in 1689, at Groton or 
W'atertown, and died at Groton, August 17, 
1757. He was baptized, an adult, April 14, 
1717. He lived near Wattle's Pond, on a farm 
given to him by his father and enlarged by his 
own purchases. During his life he gave prop- 
erty to his children by the first wife, and took 
their quitclaims against his estate. His will 
was dated August 13, 1757. and proved Sep- 
tember 8 following, his son Ezekiel executor. 
He marrietl (first), March 15, 171 1, Abigail, 
daughter of his great-uncle, Samuel Shattuck. 
She was born in Watertown, ( Jctober 17, i()87, 
joined the church December 2, 171*), and died 
about 1727. He married (second), in 1729, 
Margaret Lund, born in Alerrimac, New 
liampshire, a descendant of Thomas Lund, 
one of the earliest settlers. She died June 
13, 1764. Children, born at Groton: William, 
mentioned below; Abigail, born November 11, 
1718; Jeremiah, October 2, 1721 ; Zachariali, 
March 16, 1724; Sarah, January 13, 1726. 
Children of second wife: Ezekiel, born June 
12, 1730; Margaret, July 4. 1732; Job. I-'ebru- 
ary 1 1, 1736. 

( \' ) William ( 3 ), son of William ( 2 ) Shat- 
tuck, was born at Groton, January 25, 1712, 
and died March 13, 1761, at HoUis, New 
Hampshire, where he was a farmer and early 
settler. He was a soldier in the French and 
Indian war, and soon after his return made 
his home in Hollis. He married ( first ) Ruth 
, who died November 4, 1744; (sec- 
ond) E.xperience Spaulding. Children: Ruth, 
born February i, 1739; William, mentioned 
below; Mary, November 4, 1743. Children 
of second wife: Nathaniel, married Eunice 
I lazen ; Experience, married, .August 13, 1772, 
llenjamin Simpson. 

(\"I) William (4), son of William (3) 
Shattuck, was born at Hollis. New Hampshire, 
February 26, 1741. He appears to have lived 
in several New Hampshire towns — Amherst, 
Derryfield and Goffstown. He was a soldier 
in the revolution in 1775, in Captain Amos 
Morrill's company. Colonel John Stark's regi- 
ment, and in 1775 in Captain Aaron Kins- 
man's company. Colonel .Stark's regiment ; 
]Mobably also in Colonel Nichol's regiment in 


1777. He married, December 2, 1761, Zilpha 
Turner, who died in Derry, aged eighty years. 
Children, born in Hollis: i. Lurana, IVIay 12, 
1762; married, December 28, 1783, David 
Sanderson. 2. Rebecca, May 6, 1764; married, 
December 24, 1789, Michael Carter, of Dun 
stable. 3. Priscilla, born C)ctober 7, 1766; 
married Joseph Spaulding. 4. Sally, May 3, 
1770; unmarried. 5. William, mentioned 
below. 6. Lemuel, b'ebruary 12, 
Daniel, administrator. 

(VH) William (5), son of William (4) 
Shattuck, was born at Hollis (according to the 
town history), August 20. 1772. The history 
of the family says little about him, and states 
that he died in Canada. He married (first), 
according to the genealogy, Hannah Hardy, of 
Danville. \'ermont ; (second), December 20, 
1798, Sally Smith, born August 18, 1776. Chil- 
dren: William, born October 19, 1799; Lurana, 
April 25, 1802; Daniel, December 5, 1803; 
Samuel, October 13, 1806; Smith, mentioned 
below; Luretta, November 3, 181 1. 

(MH) Smith, son of William (5) Shat- 
tuck, was born June 17, 1809, in Canada or 
\"ermont. He married Sarah Milliman, born 
ALiy 19, 1812. He settled first in Lysander, 
(Jnondaga county, in 1840, later in Hannibal, 
and in the town of Ira, New York, and was 
a farmer. Children: Luretta Amelia, born 
August 26, 1832; Juliet Eliza, December i, 
1833; William Henry, June 9, 1835: Sarah 
Maria, September 18. 1836; Dan Smith, men- 
tioned below ; Caroline Lurana, .April 30, 1841 ; 
Nat Milliman, July 27. 1842; Desire Ann, No- 
vember 6. 1845; Mary Baker, May 27, 1847. 

(IX) Dan Smith, son of Smith Shattuck, 
was born at Ira, New York, May 13, 1839, 
and died April 17, 1910. He was educated in 
the public schools and reared on his father's 
farm. He taught school for a few years. He 
began life as a farmer in the